How many emails does it take to make a Ford?

I was at an event at the University of Manchester today. A representative of the Ford Motor Company was speaking to the audience about the role of Information Technology in making cars. Up on screen came lots of numbers and these two stuck with me:

  • Number of Ford cars produced a year = 6.3 million
  • Number of emails processed within Ford a year = 932 billion

By my calculation that means it takes 147,936 emails to make 1 car. Quite incredible. I wonder what other car manufacturers number look like?

I may have got the numbers wrong but I don’t think so. If I have I’m sure one of the lovely Ford people will get in touch.

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