Ford Turkey has announced that Ford Otomotiv Sanayi will keep its production shut down through at least April 27th. The announcement is a change to the previous announcement that expected production to start on April 13th. The Ford Otomotiv Sanayi joint venture is owned by Ford Motor Company and a Turkish conglomerate known as Koc Holding AS.
The decision to delay restarting production was made after Ford Europe decided to extend its production shut down recently. Ford Turkey announced that it was closing production on March 30 and its factories in Kocaeli and Eskisehir. Ford Otosan had previously announced that it wanted to make Turkey an auto parts supply base for the entire world.
Production shutdowns aren’t only happening for Ford; all major automakers have closed production around the world. The production shutdowns are an attempt to help stop the spread of the coronavirus and to keep employees healthy and safe. In Turkey, Ford and its joint venture produce full-sized trucks and engines as well as the Transit van.
We would expect Ford Turkey to extend its shut down even further as there appears to be no indication that production will start anytime soon. Ford Europe has already stated that its production will remain suspended until at least May 4th. The production slowdown and poor sales all around the world have pushed Ford CEO Jim Hackett to begin talking about the possibility of furloughs.