Ford to cut 600 jobs in Spain

1st August 2009, Comments 0 comments

US automaker Ford told unions Friday it plans to cut 600 jobs from its plant in eastern Spain due to weakening demand

Madrid - US automaker Ford told unions Friday it plans to cut 600 jobs from its plant in eastern Spain due to weakening demand.

The company said it would go from "three to two production shifts" at the plant at Almussafes, near Valencia.

It said the layoffs would be on a voluntary basis.

Ford said it was forced to make the decision by declining sales in Spain and the rest of Europe amid the economic crisis.

Spain's auto manufacturing sector is the third-biggest in Europe and accounts for just under 10 percent of the country's economic output and 15 percent of exports.

In 2008, new car sales in Spain plunged 28 percent, the largest-ever annual decline as the country entered its first recession in 15 years with the global credit crunch worsening a correction already underway in its property sector.

However, the auto sector has shown signs of recovery since the government in May announced a subsidy of EUR 2,000 (USD 2,700) for motorists wanting to buy a new car.

AFP / Expatica

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