Rus News Journal

Russia will throw out even more Focuses

Ford Motor Company considers possibility of increase in volumes of output on the car factory in Vsevolozhsk (Leningrad region) from 60 thousand cars to 72 thousand a year. The vice-president of Ford has informed on it of Europe Ingvar Sviggum. To expand a lineup at factory in Vsevolozhsk it is not planned, it on - former will let out only Ford Focus. The factory trade union informed on plans of increase of release of cars, declared that prepares strike.
as have informed in Joint-Stock Company Ford Motor Kompani (FMK), now bank of orders for Ford Focus exceeds 20 thousand pieces (without corporate clients), dealers write down clients in turn for December. the turn of more half a year is too - has declared Ingvar Sviggum. But, as he said, despite such demand, the company will sharply not increase manufacture. Earlier it was informed that the territory rented FMK at building of factory, allows to create manufacture by capacity of 120 thousand cars in a year. But to master such volume of Ford do not intend yet that in case of recession on market not to close superfluous capacities.

Joint-Stock Company FMK - affiliated structure of Ford Motor Company. Factory FMK in Leningrad region is opened in 2002. The starting volume of investments - $200 million Lets out the car of a class From Ford Focus at the price from $11,7 thousand In 2005 in their Russia has been sold about 35 thousand pieces. Gain FMK in 2004 has made 830 million rbl., net profit - 332 million rbl. this year capacities have been increased from 30 thousand to 60 thousand cars a year.

now the Russian automobile market grows, but nobody is insured from falling, - mister Sviggum has underlined. - We can increase manufacture to 72 thousand Pieces in a year on existing capacities, without building of the new conveyor and additional shops . Volume of necessary investments he did not name. We will notice that doubling of manufacture to 60 thousand pieces a year has demanded $30 million capital investments. Ingvar Sviggum has underlined that the increase in annual release at 12 thousand cars is a potential possibility, the final decision about it will be accepted by the end of the year. Besides, according to mister Svigguma, deliveries Focus from Germany and Spain will proceed.

Ingvar Sviggum has noticed that the conflict to trade union FMK does not add stability to Ford business in Russia. We will remind, the trade union declared a failure of negotiations about increase in salaries worker on 30 % and preparation for full-scale strike (see yesterday`s). the Most important factors at decision-making on investments are predicted decisions of the government and stable labour, - mister Sviggum has declared. It is normal, when there is a dispute between the employer and workers, but it is too much noise they lift round usual negotiating process. It is important, that the parties co-operated, and in this case cooperation is not observed. To continue work in Russia, it is important to us to stabilise this process. It is impossible to argue constantly, it is necessary to do cars .

the Head of trade union FMK Alexey Etmanov, in turn, has told that, under its data, the increase in volumes of output is really planned on the beginning of 2007. However gradually it is already conducted and now. To us change the work schedule, one day off becomes ` floating ` - thus and labour productivity raises. We not against escalating of capacities, but not at the expense of workers. For now it turns out that the management expands manufacture, and the salary and number of employees actually remains former - he has declared. According to mister Etmanova, trade union FMK does not refuse plans of carrying out of strike.

, St.-Petersburg