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JAN 102018

Ford Sollers creates 600 new jobs as it increases production of Ford Kuga, Explorer and Transit in Elabuga, Russia

  • 600 new jobs support increased Kuga, Explorer and Transit production which was up 50 percent in 2017
  • Working week expanded from five to six days
  • Forecasts continued growth in Russian SUV and commercial vehicle markets

Moscow, Russia, 10 January 2018 — Ford Sollers confirmed today that its Elabuga Assembly Operations in Tatarstan has created around 600 new jobs (staff and agency), and is moving from its current five-day working week — which has been in operation for the past five years — to a six-day working pattern with immediate effect.

The new hires bring the total workforce at Ford Sollers two plants in Tatarstan, Russia — at Elabuga and Naberezhnye Chelny — to more than 2,800 people. The new jobs and additional working day allows Ford Sollers to increase its production volumes to respond to the growing customer demand for Ford sports utility and commercial vehicles in Russia.

The Ford Sollers Elabuga plant builds Ford Kuga, Ford Explorer SUVs, plus the Ford Transit commercial vehicle, for the Russian domestic market and select Commonwealth of Independent States markets (Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia). Combined sales of these models increased more than 50 percent last year. Ford Sollers’ forecast for the Russian automotive market remains optimistic, expecting a 10 percent to 15 percent growth in the near future given the growing demand for SUVs and commercial vehicles.

Production of Ford vehicles at the Ford Sollers Elabuga facility started in 2012. All three Ford models are full-cycle manufactured, including welding and painting. During the preparation for the launch of the latest Kuga SUV in 2016, the welding, painting and assembly lines were modernized, and new quality testing technologies implemented.