The Ford Almussafes factory will finally know At the end of june if it is chosen to manufacture the new electric cars that ensure its future. This has been communicated by the president of Ford Europe, Stuart Rowley, both to the workers of Almussafes and to those of Saarlouis, the German factory that competes with the Spanish for the award of these models.
Rowley has also assured his workers that whatever decision is made will not necessarily mean closure of neither of the two plants in the short term, although it is “foreseeable” that both factories will have to reduce their structure whatever the result of the process.
New jug of cold water for Almussafes workers
The wait for the workers at the Valencian Ford plant has been going on for months, although the president of the American multinational has finally set a date on the horizon. He has done it by giving his squad ‘one of lime and one of sand’ because, whatever happens, there will be job lossesboth in the factory in Spain and in Germany.
In his communication to both factories, Rowley specifically states that “it is foreseeable that both Saarlouis and Valencia will have to undergo a resizing of its current structure. Exact details will not be available until we have selected a preferred plant.”
Until now, and in the case of Almussafes, More than 600 jobs have already been reduced in the workforce of Almussafes, which since 2020 has also suffered several chained ERTES. Currently, the factory employs more than 6,500 workers in total (including assembly lines and engine plants) compared to the more than 9,000 it had in 2015, according to UGT data.
In addition, the announcement comes after the workers of the Almussafes factory signed a pact in February between the majority union (UGT) and the management of the factory that established, among other things, wage freeze y lengthen the working day during the next four years to promote the candidacy to receive the new electric ones.
In the letter, Stuart Rowley stressed that the choice of one factory does not imply the closure of the other, since the manufacturer is “actively looking for future opportunities for the plant that is not selected”. And this “will require a multi-stakeholder effortincluding local and national governments,” he adds.
Although the president of Ford Europe clarifies that “it is important to remember that there is still it is not a product investment decision” and that after the selection of the plant “there will be a lot of work to do”, the truth is that this uncertainty until June could weigh down Ford’s options to attend the PERTE of the electric vehicle.
Ford intends to present his candidacy, although the deadline for submitting projects ends May 17 after being enlarged.
The PERTE would only be executed if Detroit opts for the Valencian plant in June, but even so, the next few years would pose serious difficulties, since Ford has already announced that it will only manufacture plug-in vehicles from 2030. That makes four of the five models current ones from the Valencian plant have an expiration date, except for the Ford Kuga.
To end his statement, Rowley wanted to thank the workers for their work and that “they have shown tremendous focus and commitment to help Ford become an industry leader in Europe.” In the last quarter alone, Ford has already announced nine electric vehicles for the continent and plans to sell more than 600,000 electric vehicles by 2026 in the European market.
Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.
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