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Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan, USA
1903 Company founded by Henry Ford
1903 Three Model A Ford cars were imported into the UK.
1904 Ford's first British agency - the Central Motor Car Co - was established in Long Acre, London.
From 1911 Ford produced cars and lorries in the UK for sale in the United Kingdom and other countries; the subsidiary was the manufacturing and sales arm of the American parent .
1919 Edsel Ford was made president of the company. Henry put in place a plan to buy out the interests of investors outside the Ford family.
1922 Ford acquired Lincoln Motor Co
1925 began production of Ford Tri-motor aeroplane
1927 The 15 millionth Model T left the production line. The plants were then closed for 6 months for re-tooling for the new design of Model A.
1932 Introduced the flat head V8 engine, said to be the first commercially successful V8.
1936 Began selling the Lincoln Zephyr.
1938 Introduced the medium-priced Mercury
WWII In 1941 began production of GP Jeep
1943 After Edsel's death, Henry returned as President
1945 Henry Ford II took over as President who brought in modern management techniques
1948 Introduced the F-line lorries built on purpose-designed chassis for the first time.
1956 Became a public listed company
1961 Acquired Philco, taking the company into consumer electronics, computer systems and military projects
1974 Sold Philco
1976 Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation, which had evolved from Philco, supplied 7 satellites for the INTELSAT V programme.
1980 Henry Ford II retired and was replaced as chairman and CEO by Phillip Caldwell, the first non-family member to run the company
2001 The company focused on making cars.
2015 Employ 199,000 persons worldwide with 53,000 in Europe (16 plants).
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