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
- 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, and improving the method of executing designs and/or improving quality. Ford is working with 11 diverse suppliers on JTF projects.