|Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai speaks at the announcement ceremony. (Photo: VNA)
The expansion is expected to increase the plant’s production capacity from 14,000 cars at present to 40,000 per year.
Speaking at the announcement ceremony in Hai Duong on January 14, Ford Vietnam General Director Pham Van Dung said the decision was made based on the growing demand for Ford cars and optimistic forecasts for the development of Vietnam’s auto market.
Meanwhile, Vice President at Ford International Markets Group (IMG) Andrea Cavallaro said the additional investment will bring Ford’s total investment in Vietnam to more than 200 million USD.
It also affirmed Ford’s long-term investment commitment in Vietnam’s auto market, he added.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai said the expansion has significant meaning in implementing the development strategy of the Vietnam’s auto industry through 2025, with a vision to 2035.
He asked the People’s Committee of Hai Duong province to create the best conditions for Ford to develop in line with the strategy.
The expansion project will be divided into two phases and carried out from 2020. It is scheduled for completion in mid-2022.
The plant will be expanded by 60,000 square metres, increasing the total construction area to 226,000 square metres.
The project is expected to create 500 more jobs at the plant and thousands of other jobs at Ford’s agent network nationwide.