Ford to manufacture new vehicle in Craiova Assembly Plant
Ford confirms investment of up to €200 million to manufacture second vehicle at its Craiova Assembly Plant in Romania.
Articol de Bogdan Predescu, 22 Mai 2018, 18:24
Total investment that Ford has brought to production operations in Romania reaches almost 1.5 billion euros, starting with 2008, along with the 200 million euros new investment, announced today.
In addition to that, Craiova Assembly Plant has recently gone through significant upgrades, with more than 550 robots installed at the facility to further improve efficiency and quality in the paint, trim and chassis, and body shops.
To support the new vehicle, Ford Romania expects to hire approximately 1,500 basic and skilled operators for a third shift to augment the current workforce of more than 4,400 employed at its world-class vehicle and engine assembly operations. This will bring the total workforce to approximately 5,900 employees.
Model and start date for production of the second vehicle will be confirmed closer to launch. New vehicle is in addition to the EcoSport small SUV currently built in Craiova, plus Ford’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine.
Expected increase in vehicle production at Craiova places even greater importance on the ongoing discussions between Ford and the Romanian government. Investing in Craiova’s future is a sign of Ford’s trust in the Romanian government’s promises to deliver key upgrades infrastructure and logistics improvements, which are needed to maintain the global competitiveness of the Ford Craiova manufacturing operations. Any delay would significantly constrain Ford’s and its suppliers’ efforts to move increased volumes of vehicles and components.
Source:RRA.Ford Media Center