Ultimate Factories

Thursday 10:00 PM on National Geographic Premiered Jan 01, 2007 In Season


No Editor

User Score: 0

Episode Guide

  • Season 5
    • Bacardi
      Episode 8
      The mojito, the rum and Coke and the daiquiri - made legendary with the help of one of the world's most popular rums - Bacardi. For 150 years, the Bacardi family has worked on perfecting its unique blending process to create a one-of-a-kind flavor. We'll travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where family tradition and technology meet to create one of the most popular premium rums. The main distillery produces more than 200 million bottles of rum a year, using the same formula and aging techniques that were used in the original batch 150 years ago. Bacardi's special process includes extracting alcohol from molasses, fermentation, distillation and the charcoal mellowing of the rum, which is filtering the rum to reach a smooth texture. But to be sure it is the best, Bacardi brings in its master blender to ensure that each bottle of rum tastes the same.moreless
    • Ford F-150
      Episode 7
      With rare access, cameras enter the Ford factory, which employs more than 3,500 people. The factory operates 20 hours a day, five days a week, and over 1,200 trucks are built, with a new truck rolling off the assembly line every minute. The plant consists of a massive three-building complex: the body shop, the paint shop and the final assembly line building. We'll follow along every step of the way as each vehicle is churned out and stamped with Ford's seal of approval.moreless
    • Frito Lay
      Episode 6
      The Frito Lay factory in Perry, Ga. Is one of the biggest chip factories in the world. The facility is divided into four main areas: the bakery, where they shape and bake products including cheese puffs, Funyuns and pretzels; the corn room, for tortilla-style products like Doritos; the potato chip production area; and finally a distribution center. We'll follow as potatoes are peeled, sliced, cooked and coated with flavors to perfection, and we'll have a front-row seat as the chips fly past the automatic system that scans each one, registering any anomaly in color, weight, size or density. If it isn't perfect, it is blown into the reject bin, ensuring that only the best quality is packaged to hit grocery stands across the country. We'll see how a simple potato is transformed into one of America's favorite snacks.moreless
    • Mack Truck
      Episode 4
      The Mack Titan has over 10 tons of chrome and steel, packing 605 horsepower and a 200-ton towing capacity. This new truck is built right here in the U.S. at Mack's 1 million-square-foot factory in Macungie, Pa. With a high level of customization, nearly every truck that rolls off the line is different. This makes automating the production process nearly impossible, so the work on the Titan is done almost entirely by hand. Manning several assembly lines and production facilities, this factory is powered by old-fashioned sweat and elbow grease. While many companies have switched to automated painting, Mack still paints all vehicles by hand. And all parts, including the monstrous engine, are inspected to ensure they meet Mack standards before installation occurs. When the final product drives off the production line, the Titan will tackle some of the toughest jobs in the trucking industry.moreless
    • Porsche Panamera
      Episode 3
      The new addition to the Porsche family is pushing the company into uncharted territory. In April 2010, the Panamera became the best-selling Porsche model in the United States. Assembled at a state-of-the-art factory in Leipzig, Germany, the facility combines some of the best of modern automotive technology to produce 120 Panameras each day. Our cameras are on the front lines as each car is built with precision and quality, from the installation of the roof to the paint job. We'll watch as 300 workers custom build Panamera engines... all seven of them based on the amount of power the driver wants.moreless
    • BMW X-Series
      Episode 1
      BMW has moved production of one of their most popular cars, the X3, to the Spartanburg County, South Carolina BMW facility. To keep up with the heavy demand, the South Carolina factory increased production by 50%, hired 1,000 new workers and purchased 300 additional robots, adding over a million square feet, and even built an eco friendly painting facility that is powered by the methane gas emitted from a local landfill site. Go behind the scenes of the production of this "ultimate driving machine."moreless
  • Season 4
  • Season 3
  • Season 2
  • Season 1