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Date: July 6, 2022 4:03 am

Two cars drive on a highway passing through Ford’s Almoussafes plant in Valencia.Kai Forsterling Kai Forsterling (EFE)

Ford Spain, with its plant in Almusafes (Valencia), will develop the GE2 electric vehicle platform with two new models that the American multinational has yet to transfer to one of its European plants, Industry Minister Reyes Maroto said. , at the exit of the Congress of Deputies. The Valencia plant, which employs 6,000 people, will produce two new electric models from 2026, projects also claimed by the German plant in Saarlouis and guarantee its continuity.

The decision was announced this Wednesday following an internal negotiation process that began in 2021, during which the Spanish and German factories presented their proposals and tried to convince the multinational corporation that they are the best option for the production of future electric models in Europe.

UGT, the majority union at the Spanish plant, reached a tentative agreement with Ford’s European management in January, in which it agreed to wage caps for the next four years, 18 Saturdays and even the restoration of night shifts to ensure orders were delivered should the need arise. danger. winner.

Factory closures and thousands of Ford layoffs in Europe in a restructuring since 2018 have stymied the Spanish factory, which depends on thousands of direct jobs and another 25,000 in ancillary industries, as the multinational announced it was exiting the market. production of internal combustion vehicles in 2030.

The Almussafes factory needed these two future models to stand for another 10 or 15 years. Almussafes has already stopped production of the Mondeo model and will also lose the Transit van for the North American market at the end of the year. Later, it will stop production for the European market as well. And the Galaxy and S-Max models will be lost in early 2024, barring last-minute changes. The Valencia plant will remain exclusively producing Kuga in various versions in 2024 unless new investment comes in.

Ford Europe announced in May that a decision would be announced later this month, although it did specify that future opportunities would be explored for the derelict plant. In addition, the transfer of new models to the Spanish factory does not guarantee possible adjustments in the future. Ford Europe CEO Stuart Rowley has already warned that the choice would not hurt to change the size of the selected plant.

The Ministry of Industry and the Generalitat of Valenciana worked discreetly and in the strictest secrecy for several months to ensure that the offer presented by Almussafes to the multinational corporation was the most competitive and prevailed over the offer that the Saarlouis plant could offer.


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