Volvo Cuts Car Production in December
In the Torslanda plant, there will be three production-free days in week 51, before the Christmas holidays. In Ghent, there will be two production-free days. Additionally, three individual work shifts (one in Ghent, two in Torslanda) will be removed from the December production schedule.
Volvo has already announced that in 2013, the Torslanda plant will run its production line more slowly, at a pace of just 45 cars an hour. The Torslanda Works is the name of the factory located in Torslanda on the island of Hisingen. Today, the plant builds the XC90s with the S80, V70 and XC70, and V60.
Volvo Ghent is their factory in Belgium currently produces the S60, XC60, C30 and V40 model, joined recently by the V40 Cross Country.
"We have indicated before that we will need to be flexible in light of today's market situation, and that we will use the flexibility we have in our system when needed," says Lars Wrebo, Senior Vice President Manufacturing at Volvo Cars. "While sales volumes have shown a very positive trend in recent years, we have seen a continuous decline in customer demand in 2012 which so far has not picked up. Therefore a further adjustment to our production output is required."