Joint Technology Framework (JTF)
Ford’s JTF program is an industry exclusive initiative that launched in 2008 for Ford’s certified M/W/VBEs. JTF represents Ford’s commitment to Go Further and enhance the technical capability and sustainability of diverse suppliers through the access to intellectual assets. Intellectual assets can include the following: Access to Ford patented ideas, access to Ford processes, and support from Ford subject matter experts. The JTF project helps the supplier enhance their business model and brand image in the marketplace. Examples include a new/unique product not currently offered by the supplier, a new manufacturing method not currently utilized by a supplier, improving the method of executing designs and/or improving quality. Ford is working with 11 diverse suppliers on JTF projects.