Ford Motor Company (Ford) announced it is temporarily suspending vehicle and engine production at its International Markets Group (IMG) manufacturing sites in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus.
The IMG production suspensions began Saturday, March 21, and will continue for several weeks depending on the pandemic situation, national restrictions, supplier constraints and dealer stock requirements, according to the company’s release.
“The health and safety of our employees, dealers, customers, partners and communities is our highest priority,” said Mark Ovenden, IMG president. “We are continuing to act in real time and taking added safety measures by temporarily halting production at our manufacturing sites in the international markets.”
While Ford will continue to monitor the situation, the company is adjusting its original IMG production schedule and will temporarily suspend production market-by-market.
“In these extraordinary times, we must come together to put our people first,” Ovenden said.