By Automotive News Staff
Ford will lay off workers at its Genk, Belgium, plant for an average of one day extra per month this year to cope with the car industry's anticipated lower sales in Europe, a spokesman said.
Five of the planned days of stopped production will be brought forward to start on 20 Feb, coinciding with school holidays in Belgium, spokesman Adrian Schmitz said by e-mail.
The factory is already operating a four-day week production schedule, he added.
The Genk assembly plant produces the Galaxy, Mondeo and S-Max models and employs 5545 workers.
On Friday, Ford announced a fourth quarter pretax operating loss of $190 million for its European operations, widening from a loss of $51 million the year before.
European sales dropped 6000 units in the same period from 391000 in 2010, as consumer confidence in the region continued to be subdued by ongoing problems in the Eurozone.
This article first appeared in our sister publication, Automotive News.