Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has moved forward the planned shutdown at its Silverton plant by a week, following concerns of parts availability from Japan.
Parts supply from the global Asian parts hub has been patchy since the country was hit by a 9-magnitude earthquake, and subsequent tsunami, in March.
“We are pulling ahead one week of previously scheduled downtime at our assembly plant in Silverton. The plant will not be producing from April 25 to May 2,” says FMCSA spokesperson Lloyd Marlowe.
“This is a precautionary move to ensure we have parts available going forward.”
Marlowe says the shutdown has no effect on the vehicle manufacturer’s labour force.
He adds that the company expects no long-term production disruptions at this point in time.
Marlowe says FMCSA is not currently experiencing any shortage of vehicles flowing from the plant, or from imported sources.
The Silverton plant is one of three global plants where the US manufacturer has decided to move up scheduled shutdowns, owing to a shortage of parts from Japan.
The other two are in Taiwan and China.
FMCSA produces the Focus, Bantam, Ranger pickup truck and Mazda BT-50 at its Silverton plant.