Ford confirms plans to shut down its Belgium plant from 2014 image

Ford Motor Company today confirmed plans to end production at its plant in Genk, Belgium, by the end of 2014, pending the outcome of a consultation process with employee representatives.

If the plan is confirmed, Ford would move production of the new Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy to its Valencia plant in Spain. Also, production of the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX compact multi-purpose vehicles could move from Valencia to Saarlouis, Germany, in 2014. Ford’s plan is aimed at addressing manufacturing overcapacity that resulted from a more than 20 percent drop in total industry vehicle demand in Western Europe since 2007.

“We understand the impact this potential action would have on our work force in Genk, their families, our suppliers and the local communities. We fully recognize and accept our social responsibilities in this difficult situation and, if the restructuring plan is confirmed, we will ensure that we put in place measures and support to lessen the impact for all employees affected,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.

Under the proposed plan, the Genk plant would cease vehicle production by the end of 2014, with 4,300 jobs to be lost in the process. Ford also announced today that it will provide more details of its overall transformation plan for Europe during an analyst and media call on Thursday, October 25.