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

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

In a statement, the firm verified that it shut doorways to all but servicing and stability employees at its Valencia system and motor manufacturing plant on Monday sixteen March, soon after three employees based at the web site examined positive for the Covid-19 disorder. 

Ford of Europe will adhere to this up by “temporarily suspending” car or truck and motor generation at the relaxation of its European crops from Thursday, with the closures expected to past for a range of months. 

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“While the affect of coronavirus at our facilities so far has been limited thankfully, its outcomes on our employees, dealers, suppliers and prospects, as very well as European modern society as a total, is unprecedented,” stated Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. 

“Due to the spectacular affect this ongoing disaster is owning on the European market and the provider sector – with each other with the latest actions by nations to prohibit all but necessary journey and personal make contact with – we are temporarily halting generation at our key continental Europe manufacturing 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 verified that supplies to these sites have become significantly interrupted throughout the outbreak, while declining gross sales of motor vehicles implies that some dealerships in Europe will require to temporarily shut down.

The announcement will come shortly soon after PSA made the decision to suspend generation at all of its European factories, while the Volkswagen Group has begun the course of action of selectively suspending activity at manufacturing sites in the worst influenced parts of the continent. FCA has shut virtually all its European crops.

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