BUCHAREST Nov 29 Ford Motor Co. will halt
production at its Romanian car factory for an extra seven days
ahead of the Christmas break in December because of continued
low demand in the European market, the U.S. carmaker said on
Ford took over struggling local carmaker Automobile Craiova
in 2008 and started producing its B-Max model there last year.
It now produces roughly 370 cars a day as well as 1,000
engines for several models but since September it has paused
production for several days each month.
"In response to the plight of the European market, Ford
Romania continues to adjust production volumes at its plant in
Craiova in December," Ford Romania's spokeswoman Ana-Maria Timis
"Vehicles and engines production will be stopped for seven
days, between December 12 to 20. Beginning with Dec. 23, our
factory will be closed for winter holidays."
Production at its engine and car units will restart on Jan.
6 and 8, respectively, it said.
Ford Romania employs about 4,000 people, almost all of whom
will be affected by the production halt and will receive 80
percent of their pay during the stoppage.
Earlier this month the U.S. carmaker's regional chief said
Ford's European turnaround was gaining traction as the auto