Ford has stated it’ll shut a manufacturing facility in Brazil after more significant than 50 years because it stops promoting heavy industrial vehicles in South America. The US carmaker mentioned it noticed “no viable path to profitability” for the Sao Bernardo do Campo plant, which employs about 2,800 folks. The closure is the most recent transfer in a much more significant world restructuring. He mentioned the agency was centered on enhancing its product choices and implementing “a leaner, extra agile enterprise model.”
About 2,800 job cuts are anticipated, in line with labor organizations – a blow in a rustic the place the unemployment charge is already above 10%. “We all know this motion could have a significant impression on our staff in São Bernardo and we shall be working carefully with all our stakeholders on the following steps,” Mr. Watters mentioned. The choice to shut the manufacturing facility and exit the large truck enterprise comes as Ford grapples with a pointy decline in income pushed by its worldwide operations.
In South America, income fell 9% final 12 months and the agency misplaced market share in most international locations. Along with the Sao Bernardo closure, Ford just lately stopped making its Focus automobile in Argentina.
The corporate stated it had additionally slashed salaried and administrative prices within the area by greater than 20% before now a few months. The Sao Bernardo do Campo facility at present produces Ford Cargo vans, sure F Collection vans, and the Fiesta automobile.
Gross sales of these fashions will finish after its inventories are offered, Ford stated. The closure is predicted to value Ford about $460m, with a lot of these prices on account of separation and termination funds for workers, sellers, and suppliers.
The Sao Bernardo do Campo meeting plant is one among two Ford factories in Brazil and has been operational since 1967. It’s situated close to Sao Paulo, in a space with a wealthy historical past of automobile-making and unionized labor, which helped to launch the profession of former Brazilian president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva.