Automotive News Europe reports that Ford is set to close two more facilities in Europe as it braces for losses in excess of $1.5 billion in the region. The move will see Ford reduce its production capacity by around 355,000 vehicles and slash its workforce by 6,500 employees. The automaker says it will close both the Southhampton and Dagenham, UK facilities next year. Those plants will mark the second and third European closings for Ford, following the announcement that the manufacturer intends to shutter the Genk Assembly Plant in Belgium.

The report says the Southhampton facility produced less than 30,000 Transit vans last year. Compare that figure to the 200,000 unit industry standard for a plant of that size, and it's easy to see the logic behind the Ford decision. Right now, the company's European factories are operating at approximately 63-percent of total capacity, due in part to the fact that sales in the region have fallen to a 20-year low. As a result, sales have dropped by 12 percent this year alone. Industry-wide, European sales have slackened by 7.2 percent.


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        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        You'll probably attract more business by trapping them in to draconian labor laws and regulations. Working for the Peugeot guys.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        Should we shout, should we scream "What happened to the post war dream?" Oh Maggie, Maggie what have we done?
          warren,
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          Hopefully, tump, this is not the final cut.
          Cesare
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          +1 for the Pink Floyd reference...I remember the Final Cut album was full of angst
        Daniel D
        • 2 Years Ago
        Ford has slipped to fifth place in Australia too. They were for a couple of decades they were the second place holder. Sure the Australian market has much more choice now, but at least in Australia, Ford has issues with a poor corporate attitude to build quality, warranty, recalls and their dealer network is appalling. The basic engineering stuff is good to excellent, but it goes off the rails after that, cost cutting and accountants and American appointed executives over ruling the local engineers solutions based on cost or plain lack of understanding of the local market. By the time they understand it, they have either moved on or been so incompetent at running Ford Australia, they resign before flying back home to the States or shuffled off to some dead end job at Ford. A pattern repeated a number of times now. A lot of people have walked from Ford in this country. They really need to learn that short term cuts have long term implications. It will be the same in Europe. The American management style fails miserably at looking at the long term view and at what collateral damage short term decisions make. Since most executives don't see themselves in the same job in ten years time, they simply don't care. Long term thinking is not rewarded. That is someones else's mess to clean up, they are all about saving the money now and looking good for now. Meanwhile the companies market share continues to decline.
      Bud
      • 2 Years Ago
      All of us should try to stop being **** not made here. Nothing is going to change here until money people are out of office. This country needs a revolution and I doubt if it will happen in our lifetimes. how much more can the middle class pay for?
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's unfortunate, but Ford and GM can't continue to bleed money that won't amount to anything. That certainly is a lot of employees. I hope they are able to find other work... must be absolutely devastating.
      Aleem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not for nothing, if those 6,200 jobs that are being cut in Europe are going to the plants here in the United States I don't think this is such a bad article after all.
      kharismas
      • 2 Years Ago
      People, it is the .... VOTER .... time ... VOTE ... whatever is .... your DREAM ... realize what these past 4 years have given the US ... if you think it has been THE AMERICAN WAY stay with it, you will deserve whatever ... This is very unfair to so many out of work I am so disgusted ....
      HEY..WHATS UP...
      • 2 Years Ago
      vote early ...vote for me ...twice
      HEY..WHATS UP...
      • 2 Years Ago
      money saved can be put into china........U.s.A is doing just fine....right big ob?
      Stacey
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a Brit, I will now boycott Ford for the rest of my life...
        DraGuLa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stacey
        There are thousands of Brits who will still be employed by Ford after these two plants are closed. How is boycotting Ford going to help ensure they stay employed? The actions being taken by Ford are a small part of what's about to happen with every auto company in EU. Ford (like in US) is the first one making the hard decisions to ensure the majority of workers stay employed over the long run.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stacey
        It's Ford's fault, not the horribly mismanaged Eurozone and European governments, afterall.
        ijardine
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stacey
        Doesn't leave you too much choice in a British built car for you to buy and those being produced now may well move manufacturing soon anyway. The UK and the whole of Europe is just too darn expensive to have any comptetitive car manufacturing these days. Don't blame themanufacturers for this...look at your politiciians and the way inflation in every form has been and still is rampant throughout Europe.
          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ijardine
          Stacey, did you seriously look at that list you wrote out as your options? It looked appeared to be a compilation of the astronomically expensive, the craptastic, and the useless. Good luck to you on your boycott.
          Stacey
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ijardine
          Wrong, there is plenty of choice: Aston Martin Bentley Caterham 7 Ginetta Honda Civic, CR-V, Jazz Jaguar F-Type, XF, XJ, XK Land Rover Defender, Freelander, Discovery, Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport London Taxis (Just gone administration though) Lotus Elise, Exige, Evora McLaren MP4-12C Morgan MG 6, and MG 3 in 2013, MG 5 rumoured Mini Clubman, Convertible, Coupe, Hatch, Roadster (Not Countyman) Nissan Juke, Note, Qashqai, and soon the Leaf Spyker (Unsure if still tho) Vauxhall/Opel Astra Sports Tourer and Vivaro Plus your kit/niche cars e.g. Ariels, Bristols, Caparos, Westfields, etc, etc Plus talking about sensible financial decisions: General Motors / Opel shut their Luton car plant and then years later their Belgian Antwerp plant to prop up the vastly more inefficient and costlier German Bochum plant Peugeot also shut there Coventry car plant which wasn't there most inefficient plant also
          Stacey
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ijardine
          Wrong, there is plenty of choice. Vehicles made in UK: Aston Martins, Bentleys, Caterham, Ginetta, Honda Civic, CRV and Jazz, Jaguars F-Type, XF, XJ, XK, Land Rovers Defender, Discovery, Freelander, Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport, London Taxis, Lotus Elise, Exige, Evora, McLarens, Minis (not Countryman), MG 6 soon MG 3 and 5, Rolls Royces, Spyker (unsure if still tho), Toyota Auris (and hybrid), Avensis, Vauxhall/Opel Astra Sports Tourer and Vivaro Plus other kit/niche cars And talking about sensible business decisions, General Motors / Opel shut it's Luton car plant and then it's Belgian Antwerp plant to prop up a vastly less efficient one: Bochum in Germany (and with alot higher wages) Peugeot also shut it's Coventry car plant even though that wasn't it's least efficient plant in europe.
        crazy ray
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stacey
        Brit or not, you're not very bright. Do you think Ford should subsidize your socialist economy?
          Daniel D
          • 2 Years Ago
          @crazy ray
          That comment is so ill informed on so many levels.
        Jarda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stacey
        lolufail
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Asian and latin America is where its at. Europe has enough autos to chose from and think most of our stuff is junk anyway. Good job Ford. Leave before you end up wasting money and find better market ares.
        timber
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Europeans don't think that Ford is junk (I should know being European). Ford is in fact a appreciated brand for the quality of its products particularly handling. The Focus and the Fiesta have long been great sellers. The fact is that almost all brands which depend heavily on the Euro market are suffering and by definition of course that Ford of Europe depends on the Euro market.
        johnb
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        European Fords are great cars. Dunno what you are talking about. it's about the economy. Europe is in a bad spot lately in case you haven't noticed. I agree with you that Ford should concentrate on emerging markets though.
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        I think Ford cars over seas are great cars! Heck, I own a new Ford mustang so big fan! Oh I notice the world economy. PIGS in Euro world sure have helped with their downward spiral.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bubububu...Ford is doing so good, and they are a model for the entire industry, and they never do anything wrong, and their plan worked, blah, blah, blah. Folks, here is the idiotic One Ford plan collapsing before your eyes.
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        You realize all European manufacturers are in the exact same situation, right?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          [blocked]
          XJ Yamaha
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          No, he doesn't. He just spouts out the first crap that comes to his weak mind, despite whatever the facts of the case may actually be. He's an idiot.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        They are making cars and making money selling them. Enlighten us as to how One Ford is not working.
      PScog6839
      • 2 Years Ago
      DO WHAT YOU WISH.FORD DID NOT TAKE THE BUYOUT SO THEY CAN DO WHATS BEST FOR THEM. I HOPE THEY BRING THE WORK BACK TO THE US.
      Randolph
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring them jobs home, to Americans...
        Daniel D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randolph
        Bring the sales home also - to only Americans. There you go its all USA now!
          HAT1701D
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Daniel D
          Got to have the sales to MATCH the jobs here. They don't have it. Neither does GM or Chrysler.
        Mr.Roadrage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randolph
        Okay, and all the European companies employing Americans can pull out of the US. Then everyone will be happy.
          mmurphy1451
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mr.Roadrage
          If we weren't buying their cars, that's exactly what they would do.
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