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Ford says Mexico virus-related production limits ‘not sustainable’

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. late Thursday acknowledged the Mexican condition of Chihuahua’s fifty p.c...

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. late Thursday acknowledged the Mexican condition of Chihuahua’s fifty p.c cap on workers in production services, spurred by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, is unsustainable and could at some point disrupt U.S. light-weight-motor vehicle creation.

The U.S. ambassador to Mexico stated Ford could shutter American plants as before long as following week if restrictions there don’t ease, Reuters documented Thursday. In a statement, Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of the Americas and Global Markets Group, stated the automaker does not anticipate a shutdown following week but did not rule out the likelihood in the foreseeable future.

“Because of to COVID-19, the Point out of Chihuahua in Mexico has limited personnel attendance to fifty p.c, a region in which we have many suppliers,” Galhotra stated in the statement. “With our U.S. plants working at 100 p.c, that is not sustainable. When we do not anticipate any effect to creation following week, we are continuing to do the job with governing administration officials on strategies to safely and securely and constructively resume remaining creation.”

Galhotra was among executives who attended a supper at the White House Wednesday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

In addition to sourcing parts from suppliers who work there, Ford operates an engine plant in Chihuahua — with approximately 2,five hundred personnel — that builds a variety of gasoline and hybrid engines. The engines are discovered in a variety of autos ranging from the before long-to-be-discontinued Fusion sedan to the worthwhile Super Responsibility pickup.

The automaker restarted U.S. assembly plants in mid-Might just after a two-thirty day period shutdown due to the fact of the coronavirus. Right after some initial hiccups that included personnel testing good for the virus, Ford has ramped up creation to pre-pandemic levels and is functioning to restock dealership inventory.