In the beginning, the prospects were dim On June 16, Henry Ford and 11 other investors signed the articles of incorporation with the state of Michigan for Ford Motor Co. The 40-year-old Ford was, at best, a risky prospect for venture capital. View story
The first lean manufacturer How clever the world feels today when it talks about its accomplishments in the fields of manufacturing and industrial design. Henry Ford did it all a century ago. View story
How Ford bought, fixed Jaguar In the late 1980s, Ford strategists took a good look at the booming luxury-car market and realized they needed a global luxury brand to rival BMW and Mercedes-Benz. So they went shopping. View story
Back to Ford family roots Ford's first purpose-built manufacturing operation outside the United States was opened in Cork in the Republic of Ireland in 1919. The site was chosen because of the Ford family's close ties with the area. View story
Ford in UK: The early years Ford had been producing cars for only a matter of months before it became an exporter as well.
Ford made its first sale in France, home of Europe's biggest national auto industry, in 1904. Yet the UK emerged as the anvil of Ford's early progress abroad. View story