The Ford Motor Company sealed it plant in Genk, Belgium on Thursday, that had done 14 million vehicles and supposing thousands of jobs for over half a century.
The preference to tighten a factory, that employed approximately 4,000 workers, was done during a finish of 2012. It was motionless that a prolongation of a Galaxy, S-Max and Mondeo models would be relocated to Valencia in Spain.
Automotive News Europe quoted Rudi Beys, a 60-year aged worker who said on his approach to his final shift:
“It seems so unreal. we consider I’ll usually notice after a holidays. It’s winter time, you’re during home and have no thought what to do. That’s when it will hit.”
Mr. Beys combined that sixty is too immature to retire.
A University of Hasselt investigate estimated that a plant’s closure will outcome in the detriment of an additional 11,800 surreptitious jobs in a region.
The final automobile to be done in Genk was a white Galaxy van. It will be donated to gift and has a signatures of all a bureau workers emblazoned on it.
Ford’s Genk plant employed some-more than 4,000 people.
A skeleton staff of a few hundred will be kept on to assistance idle a public lines.
Opel (General Motors) sealed a Antwerp plant in 2010. After a closure of a Ford factory, Belgium has only dual automobile public plants left – Volvo in Ghent and Audi in Brussels.
Bad news for a decay belt
Genk is in a Belgian-Dutch-German border, an area that has turn a ‘rust belt’. Two automobile factories (including Ford) have sealed in a segment this month as automakers opt for cheaper labor costs. Two weeks ago, Opel sealed a bureau during Bochum opposite a limit in Germany.
The region, that has been perplexing unsuccessfully to reinvent itself, might be speedy by a €350 billion European Union investment devise announced progressing this week. The devise aims to get investors to attend in projects opposite a continent.