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Ford plant in Leningrad region will halt production for almost 2 months

November 01, 2016, 14:03 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG
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ST. PETERSBURG, November 1. /TASS/. The plant of Ford carmaker (Ford Motor Company) in the city of Vsevolzhsk of Leningrad region will halt production from November 14 until the end of New Year holidays, Artem Yashenkov, a representative of the plant’s trade union told TASS.

"The plant will halt production from November 14 until the end of New Year holidays," he said adding that the decision was taken following economic indicators and instability on the market.

Earlier it was reported that the plant will lay off 88 workers by mutual consent of the parties and plans to lay off 130 workers next year.

The Ford plant is a joint venture of Ford Motor Company and Russia’s Ford Sollers in Vsevolzhsk. It produces Focus and Mondeo models. In 2014, the plant switched to one-shift schedule. Also 700 workers were laid off by mutual consent of the parties. According to the Association of European Business (AEB) in 2014, sales of Ford Focus fell by 58% in comparison with 2013, sales of Ford Mondeo were down by 47%.

New Year holidays in Russia in 2017 will last from December 31 to January 8.

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