Ford May Consolidate Fiesta Production in Thailand

Posted: May 20, 2013 at 6:59 amFord Motor Co. plans to free up capacity in North America by shifting production of the Fiesta subcompact from its plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, to another in Rayong, Thailand, The Detroit News reports.The newspaper cites unidentified sources who add that Ford also would move Fiesta production to Thailand from its factory in Chennai, India.

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Posted: May 20, 2013 at 6:59 am

Ford Motor Co. plans to free up capacity in North America by shifting production of the Fiesta subcompact from its plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, to another in Rayong, Thailand, The Detroit News reports.

The newspaper cites unidentified sources who add that Ford also would move Fiesta production to Thailand from its factory in Chennai, India. They say the moves would occur when the company launches the next generation of the car in the second half of this decade.

The Fiesta is currently made at 10 plants worldwide, including Rayong. The Thai facility also produces the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-Series pickup trucks and the Ford Everest SUV.

Analysts opine that Thailand would be a better manufacturing base for the Fiesta because the most of the model’s sales are in Asia and Europe. The News says Fiestas sold in the U.S. and Canada in future would come from Thailand.

It is unclear what model the company might build at the Mexico factory, the newspaper says. But it notes that the plant is flexible, which would allow it to build more than one model per assembly line.

The extra output could come in handy. Ford’s facilities in North America are operating at 114% of straight-line, two-shift capacity.