Ford Idles Three Assembly Plants Due To Shortage Of Parts From Japan

By on Apr 26, 2011 in Africa, Asia, Automobile, Business, World Comments
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Due to the shortage of parts coming from Japan after the March 11 earthquake, Ford Motor Company has decided to idle plants in China, South Africa and Taiwan starting this week, several international news sites reported on Monday.

According to reports, Ford Lio Ho plant in Taiwan, which makes the Mazda 3, Mazda 5, Econovan, Mondeo, Escape and Focus, will be idled for two weeks starting this week as a precautionary measure to ensure that they have available parts going forward and as a result of a shortage of vehicle kits.

An assembly plant in South Africa, which makes the Ranger, Bantam, Mazda BT-50 and Focus, will also be idled for one week.

Meanwhile, Ford‘s Changan Ford Mazda Automobile plant in Nanjing, China will also be idled for a single week. The plant produces the Mazda 3, Fiesta and the Mazda 2 four-door.

Ford officials reportedly declined to say whether production at the said plants will be made up by increasing their production later.

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