Ford suggests it has resolved to convey ahead aspect of the summer months shutdown time period for its Uk manufacturing functions (engine manufacturing at Bridgend and Dagenham) to the Easter time period. It is really an additional indicator of the deepening shorter-expression impression of the COVID-19 crisis on the field and the have to have to adjust manufacturing to considerably reduced market demand from customers.

Ford mentioned in a assertion that it is ‘working closely with all our partners as we navigate by means of the existing coronavirus outcomes throughout the world and our company operations’.

Having said that, thanks to the ‘dramatic impression this ongoing crisis is owning on the European market and the supplier field, we have resolved to convey ahead aspect of the summer months shutdown time period for our Uk functions to the Easter time period.’

This suggests manufacturing at Dagenham Motor Plant in east London will briefly stop from Monday, March 23. Bridgend Motor Plant in South Wales will briefly stop manufacturing from the conclude of the day on Wednesday, March 25.

In addition, the shutdown time period will also be extended throughout the relaxation of the Ford company in the Uk, excluding a tiny quantity of workers supporting company essential actions.

Throughout this 4-7 days time period, all Ford workers will receive payments at minimum equal to their foundation pay back.