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Ford plant near St. Petersburg stops assembly line until June 8

The Ford Sollers plant (a joint venture of Ford Motor Company and Russia's Sollers) in Vsevolozhsk (near St. Petersburg) has stopped its assembly line from April 21 through to June 8, the company reports.

As the assembly line resumes the work, the plant will be working in the one-shift regime, having fired about 700 workers. This way, the company will adjust the production to the falling demand in the Russian market.

The plant's top management reports, Ford Sollers will anyway continue working on new models due in 2015 - modernized Ford Focus and Ford Mondeo.

The joint venture does not announce its production plans for the current year.

The plant stopped the assembly line for a week, from April 7 to 15.

[Source: Itar Tass, St. Petersburg, 21Apr14]

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