Union leaders met with Ford officials last week during Ford’s Amsterdam extravaganza, and when the topic of closing the Genk, Belgium plant was raised…nothing was said.
Genk, which employs 4,000 workers and builds the Mondeo and S-Max minivan, is looking like the next victim of European overcapacity.
With the new Mondeo now a world car, the door is open for alternate assembly locations – such as the United States or Mexico. The car has already been delayed by six months. Supplies and workers are getting nervous. Speaking to Reuters, union chief Luc Prenen said
“We asked about the rumours (of plant closure)…They said they could neither confirm nor deny them.”
Ford officials were equally evasive, stating that “…It’s too soon to provide any specifics about our plan for Europe.” But with European car sales at their worst in nearly two decades, and Ford bleeding money in Europe, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to find out that Ford packed up and left Genk.