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Ford confirms 12,000 job cuts in Europe

As part of a restructuring of Ford of Europe’s operations, six of its manufacturing plants will be closed by the end of 2020.

Ford of Europe has confirmed it will shed about 12,000 jobs as part of its ongoing restructuring.

To be finalised by the end of next year, the cuts will affect employees at Ford of Europe’s 17 wholly owned subsidiaries and consolidated joint-ventures.

The Blue Oval said most of the job losses will occur via voluntary redundancies.

About 2000 of the employees to be axed currently have salaried positions. They are among the 7000 salaried employees presently being eliminated globally by Ford Motor Company.

The other 10,000 job cuts will come from Ford of Europe’s blue-collar workforce, with the company’s manufacturing presence in the continent to be reduced from 24 facilities to 18 by the end of next year.

Specifically, closures will impact the plants at Bridgend in Wales, Bordeaux in France and Naberezhnye Chelny, St Petersburg and Elabuga in Russia, while the factory at Kechnec in Slovakia will be sold to Magna International.

Additionally, the number of shifts will be reduced at Ford of Europe’s assembly plants in Saarlouis, Germany, and Valencia, Spain.

“Separating employees and closing plants are the hardest decisions we make, and in recognition of the effect on families and communities, we are providing support to ease the impact,” said Ford of Europe president Stuart Rowley.

“We are grateful for the ongoing consultations with our works councils, trade union partners and elected representatives. Together, we are moving forward and focused on building a long-term sustainable future for our business in Europe.”

All is not lost for the Ford brand in Europe, though, with a performance-focused full-electric SUV inspired by the Mustang sports car set to launch there in late 2020. As reported, this model will not be heading to Australia.

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