» Ford to invest in Romanian plant to ramp up production with a new model
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>>>Total investment of the American company in Romania is € 1.5 billion
By Emea Riga
Ford confirms today an additional investment of 200 million euros and the demand for 1,500 jobs dedicated to the production of a second vehicle at its Craiova plant.
The new vehicle adds to the current Ford EcoSport small SUV and the 1.0 EcoBoost engine, both already produced at the Craiova plant. The new model and start date of its production will be confirmed near its launch.
"This new investment confirms the continuation of the evolution of our range of exciting models produced in Europe and also underlines the transformation of the Craiova production complex," says Steven Armstrong, president and CEO of Ford Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "The inclusion of this second vehicle in the production process is a clear demonstration of the operational flexibility of the Craiova plant and reflects the strong partnerships we have with local suppliers and community members."
The total investment that Ford has implemented in its production operations in Romania - including the 200 million euros announced today - reaches nearly 1.5 billion euros since 2008, the moment of the acquisition of the Craiova plant. Additionally, the Vehicle Assembler has recently gone through significant technical improvements, with more than 550 robots being installed to enhance efficiency and quality in production facilities.
In order to support the production of the new vehicle, Ford Romania will employ approximately 1500 basic and qualified third-party operators. The current workforce from the world-class plant that assembles vehicles and engines - more than 4,400 employees - will be supplemented, bringing the total to about 5900 employees.
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