viernes, 2 de agosto de 2013

Henry Ford: 150 años de su nacimiento!

El 30 de julio de 1863, nació Henry Ford, quien cambió el modo de fabricación no solo de la industria automovilística, sino de todas las industrias en general, al haber creado la ya famosa línea de ensamblaje.

Tanto Henry Ford como su ya conocida marca han creado historia desde que el primer Modelo T, salió al mercado en el año 1908.

Muchos artículos en todos los grandes periódicos y nuevas páginas web se han creado para conmemorar este 150 aniversario. Los invito a que exploren la web, vean y lean los artículos allí publicados y aprendan sobre este gran personaje de la historia.  Una de las páginas web que se desarrolló por la Ford Foundation y la empresa Ford Motor Company es una que sin duda, no deben dejar de ver:

http://www.henryford150.com/. Esta página está llena de fotos, anécdotas e historias interesantes de aprender.

Una de las frases más inspiradoras para mí, de Henry Ford es:

"Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."

Los dejo con un artículo pblicado en www.motorauthority.com (en su idioma original).

Ford Celebrating The 150th Anniversary of Henry Ford's Birthday, by  , Motor Authority) http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1085947_ford-celebrating-the-150th-anniversary-of-henry-fords-birthday)
For Ford, July 30th is a special day that is permanently marked on the automaker's calendar. One hundred and fifty years ago on that date Henry Ford was brought into the world, and the Blue Oval brand's future was set into motion.

'The automaker is celebrating the occasion alongside the state of Michigan, which has named July 30th Henry Ford Day. Additionally, folks in Washington, D.C. are also taking time to celebrate Ford's birth with commemorative cupcakes handed out from a food truck... that's related to automobiles, somewhat.

It's not just stateside where we will see celebrations underway, however, as Ford has a massive global reach. Throughout some Asian markets, Ford dealers are turning their showrooms into mini museums that showcase the brand's long history and proud heritage. German Ford fans are undergoing a series of road rallies, while the Brits unveiled a newly restored Henry Ford statue that sits at their UK tech center. More celebrations are planned for South America, the rest of Europe, and more parts of the United States.

It's clear that Henry Ford made a rather large impact on not just the automotive industry but the entire world. The first moving assembly line was created to reduce build time for the Model T. When it was introduced, production of a vehicle went from 12 1/2 man hours down to just 1 1/2. Ford also raised wages for his workers to a then-unheard of $5 per day in 1914. That's equivalent to about $110 by today's standard.

Henry Ford created a new world. Not many folks can lay claim to an achievement like that. He didn't just make an affordable car, he changed the way industry unfolded and helped bring sections of the planet closer together by giving more people the means to travel long distances more easily. He was born 150 years ago, and we'll be talking about him for the next 150 years down the road.