Ford temporarily stops production in their factories in Thailand at least thru October 24 because of flooding in the country which affected the supply chain for automotive production.
The car manufacturer suspended their production line at the AutoAlliance Thailand which makes passenger vehicles for them from 19 to 22 October. This factory is also operated jointly with Mazda Motor Corporation. Ford will reassess the situation and see if they can resume operations by 25 October which also follows a downtime maintenance schedule coinciding with a long weekend holiday. The truck production which was suspended earlier continues of be offline.
The Ford factory in Rayong is not affected by the floods but its suppliers mainly based in the province of Ayutthaya are struggling with the rising flood levels. A big region of Thailand has been affected by flooding including the industrial centers where a lot of Japanese carmakers are operating and where a lot of automotive suppliers are based. Several Japanese car manufacturers like Mazda have also suspended operations.
General Motors confirmed that their Rayong factory is also safe from the flood waters. GM though continues to monitor the flow of their supplies which primarily come from local parts makers who might be struggling with the floods.
The annual capacity of the affected Ford car plant is around 275,000 units. The company did not confirm the volume of production affected due to the floods in Thailand. The Thailand production line makes Ford Range and the BT-50 Mazda pickup. It also makes the Ford Fiesta, Mazda3, and Mazda2. None of these units are sent to North America.