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Ford to Cut Up To 1,600 Jobs At Valencia Plant

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US carmaker Ford is planning to cut up to 1,600 jobs at its assembly plant in Valencia, Spain, following last year's reduction of 1,100 staff. 

The company, which employs approximately 4,700 workers at the factory, informed unions of its intention to permanently eliminate 600 jobs. 

However, Ford is open to negotiating the potential rehiring of the remaining 1,000 employees in the future as it plans to increase production at the plant starting in 2027.

A Ford spokesperson said: "A temporary solution could be negotiated for the other 1,000 to bridge the time until production of the new vehicle starts.”

Last month, Ford announced that it would begin producing a new hybrid passenger car at the Almussafes plant in the Valencia region from 2027, targeting the European market and beyond. 

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The company aims to produce 300,000 units of the new car annually, according to the country's Industry Ministry.

Currently, the Valencia plant only assembles the Kuga compact SUV, having phased out other models in recent years. 

This marks the second job cut plan by Ford in two years, following the previous round of reductions at the factory in 2023.

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