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Ford price hikes and factory closures 'on table' post-Brexit

Bob Shanks, Ford chief financial officer

Ford factory closures and price hikes are “on the table” as the manufacturer looks to cut costs amid fears that Brexit could cost the brand over £800 million over the next two years.

Bob Shanks, Ford’s chief financial officer, said that closures would not be discounted as the business sought to “claw back” the projected losses which would come in the wake of disappointing financial results.

Ford’s net income fell 9% to $2 billion (£1.52 billion) in Q2 as the company’s sales in the Chinese market weakened.

Its operating profit for H1 was a record $6.8 billion (£5.2 billion), but The Guardian reported that the devaluation of Sterling against the dollar and an expected slowdown in UK car sales would cost Ford $200 million (£152 million) this year and another $400m (£304 million) to $500m (£380 million) each year over the next two years.

The pound has crashed 11% against the dollar since the Brexit vote on 23 June.

Shanks said: “We’re seeing elevated economic risk for the most part globally, and particularly, in what is happening with Brexit.”

Ford’s engine manufacturing plants at Dagenham and Bridgend could be under threat from cuts as the prospect of EU export tariffs create uncertainty in the UK automotive manufacturing sector.

Shanks said: “Everything is going to be on the table across Europe”.

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  • Jeff - 29/07/2016 13:09

    Why is this lack of performance being linked to Brexit? There is no link!

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  • .D.ROBERTSON. - 29/07/2016 13:59

    Any good news Bob?

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  • Pa Broon - 29/07/2016 16:16

    Once again Brexit is being used as an excuse for poor results. I honestly don't know we we bother with this brand in the UK. Apart from a few engines it builds nothing here.

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  • Mark - 29/07/2016 22:24

    Let us not forget it was the EU that gave Ford huge grants to close the Transit plant at Eastleigh and move it to Non EU member Turkey. As we haven't left the EU yet and haven't invoked article 50 this is just more BS. Brexit is the one size fits all excuse for everything and is pushed by those sore losers who want to say " I told you so"

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