Ford shuts Dagenham plant and suspends European production in response to Coronavirus outbreak

Ford has announced it is suspending creation at its European internet sites as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. The American large has also shut its Dagenham plant in London. 

In a assertion, the organization confirmed that it shut doorways to all but servicing and security employees at its Valencia system and motor producing plant on Monday 16 March, immediately after 3 employees based mostly at the web-site analyzed positive for the Covid-19 illness. 

Ford of Europe will comply with this up by “temporarily suspending” vehicle and motor creation at the rest of its European plants from Thursday, with the closures expected to previous for a quantity of months. 

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“While the effect of coronavirus at our facilities so considerably has been constrained thankfully, its effects on our employees, dealers, suppliers and buyers, as nicely as European culture as a total, is unprecedented,” explained Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. 

“Due to the spectacular effect this ongoing disaster is owning on the European industry and the supplier marketplace – jointly with the latest steps by nations around the world to restrict all but crucial journey and individual make contact with – we are briefly halting creation at our main continental Europe producing internet sites.”

Producing at Ford of Europe headquarters in Cologne, Germany, will be suspended, as will the company’s other German plant in Saarlouis and its Romanian plant. 

Ford has confirmed that provides to these internet sites have turn into progressively interrupted through the outbreak, while declining gross sales of motor vehicles signifies that some dealerships in Europe will require to briefly near down.

The announcement comes soon immediately after PSA made the decision to suspend creation at all of its European factories, while the Volkswagen Team has begun the procedure of selectively suspending activity at producing internet sites in the worst afflicted regions of the continent. FCA has shut just about all its European plants.

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