Fight for Ford’s Future: Rehlinger flies to Detroit

Fight for Ford’s Future: Rehlinger flies to Detroit


Appearance of a Ford factory in the German headquarters in Cologne.

Appearance of a Ford factory in the German headquarters in Cologne.

Source: Oliver Berg / dpa / archive

Ford has accepted Saarland’s Prime Minister’s proposal for talks: Anke Rehlinger (SPD) will travel to the United States with his deputy on Wednesday to promote the Saarland region.

DSaarland Prime Minister Anke Rehlinger (SPD) will fly to Ford in Dearborn (Detroit) in the United States next week along with his deputy, Economy Minister Jürgen Barke (SPD). He announced this Thursday evening in SZ and SR of “Saartalk”. In close coordination with the workers’ representatives in Saarlouis, they want to emphasize the importance of the Saarlouis area to the country and the company and talk about the future prospects of the Saarland factory.

“All state governments are standing around this area all the time. Now it would be nice if Ford decision makers also stood around the area,” Rehlinger said. He was confident that “very deep” talks would be held. He wanted to “show the benefits of the area again and how the staff also fought to ensure a positive attitude towards Saarlouis.”

It is true that the rules of the game are the same for all areas, but there are also a few things that can be discussed. When it comes to training and more qualifications, the federal government “still has a few points in its pockets”.

Rehlinger: “We want to succeed. And we will not leave without arguments, even without new and extra arguments.

One week after taking office, the new prime minister offered to fly to the United States for a meeting in a letter to CEO Jim Farley and European boss Stuart Rowley on May 3. Ford executives approved the version. Rehlinger and Barke are expected at Ford headquarters on Wednesday (May 18) at 5 pm local time.

With 5,000 employees, Ford is one of the largest employers in Saarland. But the future after the Concentration Deletion model is not guaranteed. Rehlinger told reporters last week that he was anticipating a decision in June on whether production in Saarland would continue beyond 2025. In the manufacture of the future electric car, Saarlouis competes with Ford in Valencia, Spain. Rehlinger had said he hoped that Ford “finally put an end to the rude competition that exists between parts of Europe”.



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