Ford To Close All Its Factories In Brazil

Carmaker Ford stated Monday losses intensified by the coronavirus epidemic would see it close its 3 factories in Brazil, where it has run for a century, terminating some 5,000 tasks.

Losses continued regardless of progress made in phasing out unprofitable items, which included exiting the heavy truck organization, cutting costs and introducing brand-new products, a company declaration said.

A “sustained undesirable economic environment and the additional concern of the pandemic made it clear that a lot more was necessary to produce a sustainable and successful future,” included Ford’s South America head Lyle Watters.

The Covid-10 pandemic, stated the business, “enhances persistent market idle capacity and sluggish sales that have resulted in years of considerable losses.”

Ford said production will stop at its Camacari and Taubate plants instantly, with only manufacturing of some parts continuing for a few months.

The Troller plant in Horizonte will run till the 4th quarter.

Ford stated it would end sales of EcoSport, Ka and T4 as soon as inventories are sold.

” With more than a century in South America and Brazil, we know these are really hard, however needed, actions to develop a healthy and sustainable business,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO.

By closing its Brazil factories, the business was moving to a “lean, asset-light organization design,” he included.

Ford would continue serving South America with cars sourced from Argentina, Uruguay, and other markets, it said.

New vehicle sales in Brazil pulled back by more than 26 percent in 2020 due to the health crisis, the Fenabrave automotive federation said last week.

Cars and truck sales dropped 28.57 percent which of buses by 33 percent.

Ford’s factory closure in Brazil will affect about 5,000 workers AFP/ Miguel SCHINCARIOL

The closures will sustain one-off charges of about $4.1 billion, said Ford.

The news came as a bombshell in recession-hit Brazil, which is battling record unemployment, and elicited criticism of the failure of Jair Bolsonaro’s government to develop a beneficial company environment.

Ford opened its very first factory in Brazil in 1921, in Sao Paulo, to produce 4,700 autos and 360 tractors each year.

In 2019, the business closed its factory in Sao Bernardo de Campo after 52 years in operation, impacting some 2,800 workers.

In November, Ford revealed its return to neighbouring Uruguay after a three-decade absence, to assemble transport automobiles for the South American market, and developing 200 jobs.

” This is bad news. Ford made a lot of money in Brazil … I think it could have postponed the choice and waited because our customer market is larger than others,” Brazil’s vice president Hamilton Mourao informed Brazil.

Rodrigo Maia, the opposition speaker of Brazil’s lower home of parliament, stated the closures were a “demonstration of the absence of trustworthiness of the Brazilian federal government, clear rules, legal certainty and a rational tax system”.

” Our system has actually become a madhouse in recent years, with a direct effect on organization efficiency,” he said.

Karl Brauer, an analyst with CarExpert.com, stated there has actually been much combination in the car sector over the last few years.

” General Motors, in particularly, has actually moved strongly to pull out of market that didn’t make monetary sense. Ford withdrawing from Brazil confirms they are willing to make the same choices about underperforming markets.”

Ford said it would maintain its product advancement center in Bahia, in addition to its showing ground and local head office in Sao Paulo.

The company stated it would work with unions to establish an “fair and balanced plan” to mitigate the impact of the closures on workers.

Brazil is the nation on the planet with the second-highest number of coronavirus deaths, with more than 203,000 lives lost.

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