Ford’s production nears capacity in Europe

By Franz Rother, AutomobileWoche / April 18, 2005

COLOGNE, Germany — Ford’s plants in Europe are working at nearly full capacity because of strong demand for the new Focus and C-Max models.

Ford of Europe President John Fleming says the automaker has achieved “almost 100 percent” plant use.

Ford added shifts at its plant in Saarlouis, Germany, to handle orders for the Focus.

The automaker also has boosted the annual production capacity of its plant near St. Petersburg, Russia, to 40,000 units from 27,000. The Focus will…

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