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Oct 17, 2022 14:36 EEST
October 17 (SeeNews) - The Romanian unit of Ford Motor Company said that it will send part of its staff at the factory in Craiova into technical unemployment for one week due to a worldwide shortage of semiconductors, local media reported on Monday.
Employees will receive 78% of their full salary for the time they spend at home, local TV station Digi24 reported.
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Only essential staff will continue working regular shifts throughout the week.
Since 2020, production at the Craiova factory was reduced or halted several times, due to the Coronavirus, low demand and semiconductor shortage.
In the first nine months of 2022, Ford Romania produced over 150,000 cars, latest data from the country's automotive builders association, ACAROM, showed. In September alone, the output of the Romanian factory totaled 21,000 vehicles.
Ford entered Romania in March 2008 when it completed the acquisition of a 72.4% stake in Automobile Craiova, the sole owner of car maker and distributor Daewoo Automobile Romania.
The auto manufacturer is manufacturing the Puma and EcoSport models, as well as the EcoBoost 1.0 l engine in Romania, employing over 6,000 locally.
In March, Ford Romania announced it would transfer ownership of its plant in Craiova to its strategic partner Ford Otosan in Turkey, as part of a future strategy for the development of electric vehicles.
(1 euro=4.936 lei)
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