Ford pledges new models for Genk

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12 November 2003 , BRUSSELS – Ford is to produce two new car models at its Genk plant in Limbourg province, management officials announced Thursday during a meeting with workers' unions.

12 November 2003

BRUSSELS – Ford is to produce two new car models at its Genk plant in Limbourg province, management officials announced Thursday during a meeting with workers' unions.

The successor to the Galaxy MPV as well as the Cross Over, a middle-ground 4x4 SUV vehicle, will be produced at the Belgian plant despite fears that it would close.

The news was welcomed by the Genk workforce which had undertaken strike action last month after the announcement that 3,000 jobs would be cut at the plant.

The decision provides a guarantee that Ford will be keeping its Belgian plant open, at least for the medium term.

At full production capacity, Ford will be making 300,000 vehicles at Genk annually, where it is to invest EUR 600 million in new production lines.

Thursday's announcement will have no impact on the planned job losses, and unions are continuing to negotiate for more generous welfare benefits for all those faced with redundancy.

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Subject: Belgian news


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