Ford: Spanish plant to pause for nine days due to low demand

Global sales and revenue declines see Valencian factory shut for over a week, after a three-day closure in October.

Ford will halt production at its Spanish facility in Almussafes, near Valencia, for over a week next month due to a “lower demand for its vehicles”.

According to a new report by industry journal Automotive News Europe the Blue Oval will hit pause for nine days at the plant – which builds the Mondeo and Escape for our market – for nine days.

Further to the vehicle production line closure, Ford has confirmed it will also halt engine production at the Spanish factory for a fortnight during November.

The Almussafes facility manufactures engines for the Ford Edge (which will be known here as the Endura), which is assembled in Canada.

Ford employs around 7500 staff at the Spanish plant, and the November closures come after a three-day shut down in October, as demand slows for its vehicles.

Other models produced at the Almussafes facility include the S-Max and Galaxy people movers, the Tourneo Connect van and Transit Connect van.

The Blue Oval’s announcement comes after it also posted significant drop in revenue, market share and sales in China, to the tune of 43 per cent (sales) in September compared to the same month last year.

According to Automotive News, Ford also lost US$208 million ($294.58m) in the Asia-Pacific alone (excluding China) during the third quarter of this year, along with losses of US$152 million ($215.27m) in South America and US$245 million ($346.98m) in Europe.

Plant closures aren’t just limited to Ford, though. Earlier this month Britain’s Jaguar Land Rover confirmed it will shut its Solihull facility in the UK for two weeks from October 22, largely due to sliding sales in China.

Holden has also confirmed it’s hit pause on production for the imported Commodore and Equinox model lines so it can focus on shifting unsold stock already on Australian lots.