Ford Romania to halt B-Max output for 7 days next month

Article by Anita Panait, on August 30, 2013

Ford Motor will stop output for one week in September at its Craiova site in Romania to adjust to weak market demand in Europe. Ford commenced building its B-Max model at the Craiova site in 2013 and currently produces 370 cars and about 1,000 engines daily at the site.

Ford Romania spokeswoman Ana Maria Timis confirmed that the unit will have seven days of no B-Max production next month, adding that the instance is "a very common situation for the auto industry." According to Timis, around 2,500 employees -- representing around half of Ford Romania's workforce -- will be affected by the production halt.

The workers, however, will receive 80 percent of their wages for the week. In July, Ford revised upwards its earnings forecast for full year 2013 following unchanged pre-tax loss in Europe of around $1.8 billion from $2 billion.

Ford recently shut down two ancillary plants in the United Kingdom and has intentions to close its Genk assembly line in Belgium at the end of next year.

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