Ford Suspends Production in Romania for 13 Days in October on Low Demand image

Ford announced it will suspend production in Romania for 13 days next month due to low demand in Europe.

Ford said it will stop production for 13 days in October, after production was already halted for one week this month. These moves are made due to weak demand in Europe. Ford took over Automobile Craiova automaker in 2008, when it started manufacturing the B-Max model at the plant in 2012. The automaker currently builds 370 vehicles and 1,000 engines a day.

“We’re confident these are temporary measures and that the situation will improve as European vehicle sales will start to slowly recover,” said Ford Romania spokeswoman Ana Maria Timis. “Depending on the market’s evolution, we will also adjust our (production) volumes in November/December.”

Automobile Craiova exports only to several main markets, including France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK. The production halt will affect around 2,500 employees at the plant, which represents more than half of Ford Romania’s employees. They will still get 80% of their salaries while production will be suspended.

In July, Ford lifted its guidance for this year to an unchanged pretax loss in the European market of around $1.8 billion from $2 billion. The automaker recently closed two facilities in the UK and still plans to close the Genk plant in Belgium by the end of next year.