Ford Motor Co.’s unit in Romania is temporarily stopping the production of the B-Max for 13 days in November, due to the still weak demand for vehicles in Europe. The stoppage came after the unit halted the output of the B-Max in September. Ford commenced producing the B-Max subcompact minivan in 2012 at the site formerly owned by Automobile Craiova.
Ford Romania now builds around 370 cars a day and 1,000 engines. Ford Romania spokeswoman Ana Maria Timis said that they are confident that the stoppages are temporary measures and that the situation will improve at the site once vehicle sales in Europe starts to slowly recover. She said that Ford Romania will adjust its production volumes in November and December depending on the market situation.
The production halt is affecting around 2,500 employees, or over half of Ford Romania's workforce. Affected workers, however, will receive 80 percent of their wages during the production stoppage. Ford sold 48,682 B-Max units in the first eight months in Europe, according to data from researcher JATO Dynamics.
The carmaker posted a 7-percent drop in registrations in the first eight months in EU and EFTA markets to 596,517, according to industry association ACEA. Ford revised upward its 2013 guidance in July to an unchanged pretax loss in Europe of around $1.8 billion.