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Ford factory may close

Ford have called an emergency meeting with unions, as concerns for its factory in Belgium, escalate

The future of the factory in Genk, Belgium, is up in the air following “an emergency meeting” with senior staff and union officials on the 22nd of October.

The plant employs over 4000 people and is where the current S-MAX, Ford Mondeo and Galaxy are built.

The above models are all due for replacement and there were plans to start production of the new Mondeo in Genk this month, but it now seems likely that Ford will be looking to build this model elsewhere.

The plant will then close when the Galaxy and S-MAX reach the end of their production cycles next year. This will help to slow Ford’s financial losses in the European market.

The new car market is currently having a tough time and sales of large cars like the Mondeo and large MPVs have been in a steady decline for some time now.

Plans for the all-new Mondeo have already been delayed with a spokesman from Ford stating that this was to ensure a robust and high-quality launch for the car.

However, as well as ensuring the new Mondeo takes the fight to the premium German brands, it now appears that the decision on where the car will be assembled will also affect the next Mondeo’s launch.