Ford Sollers, the automaker’s joint venture in Russia, will begin exporting more vehicle parts to European plants over the coming years.
WardsAuto reports that according to Ford Vice President of Global Purchasing Hau Thai-Tang, Ford will increase the number of Russia-based parts-makers exporting to plants in the European Union from three to somewhere between 15 and 20 by the year 2019. Ford Sollers already supplies alloy wheels, spark plugs, and brackets to the automaker’s German assembly plant and UK engine plant.
By the end of this year, the list of components being supplied by Ford Sollers to European factories will grow to include interior parts, glass, seals, and extrusions. The list of recipient plants will also expand to include Ford’s Romanian plant, which produces the B-MAX MPV and is scheduled to start production on the EcoSport crossover (pictured) roughly a year from now, says Wards.
Ford Sollers will not export vehicles to other European markets, according to Wards, although the Blue Oval hasn’t ruled out the possibility of eventually supplying engines built at the joint venture’s Tatarstan plant to EU facilities.