Genk Body & Assembly

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Genk Body & Assembly was a Ford Motor Company automobile factory in Genk, Belgium, just over an hour to the west of the company's European head office in Cologne. The site spanned 6,135,630 square feet (140.9 acres). The plant employed approx 4,300 workers in 2014.[1]

The plant opened in the early 1960s. The first mainstream car built there was Ford's first front wheel drive volume model, the Ford Taunus P4. Later on the plant focused on producing mid-sized family cars including the company's Sierra and Mondeo models.


Models built[edit]

Imager Model Years Number   Image Model Years Number
Ford Taunus P4 12m BW 1.JPG Ford Taunus P4 12M 1963-1966 314.270 2000 Ford Mondeo (HE) Ghia hatchback 01.jpg Ford Mondeo II 1996-2000 1.200.069
Ford Taunus P5 17m BW 1.JPG Ford Taunus P5 17M 1965-1966 13.765 Ford Transit front 20071231.jpg Ford Transit VI 2000-2004 384.238
Ford Transit Van.jpg Ford Transit II/III/IV/V 1965-2000 1.857.635 Ford Mondeo front 20071114.jpg Ford Mondeo III 2000-2007 1.418.515
Ford Taunus 15M P6 Neustadt 01.JPG Ford Taunus P6 12M/15M 1966-1970 518.602 Ford S-Max front 20090920.jpg Ford S-MAX I 2006-2010 235.890
Ford Escort I in Antwerpen.jpg Ford Escort 1968-1970 258.205 Ford Galaxy front 20080625.jpg Ford Galaxy III 2006-2010 120.192
Ford Taunus 20M P7 front 20070924.jpg Ford Taunus P7 20M 1969-1970 19.534 Ford Mondeo Ghia 2.0 FlexiFuel Chill.JPG Ford Mondeo IV 2007-2010 567.582
Ford Taunus 5.JPG Ford Taunus 1970-1982 2.695.796 Autosalon Brno 2011 (043).jpg Ford Mondeo IVb 2010+
Sierra 3 door - an early one.jpg Ford Sierra I 1982-1992 2.741.713 Ford S-Max Facelift.JPG Ford S-MAX Ib 2010+
Ford Mondeo Si MkI.jpg Ford Mondeo I 1992-1996 1.362.538 Ford Galaxy Facelift.JPG Ford Galaxy IIIb 2010+

Closure reports[edit]

Ford announced in October 2012 that it was planning to close its Genk plant at the end of 2014 in response to longstanding over-capacity problems in Europe,[2][3] as part of a larger closure plan that will see the manufacturer's European capacity slashed by 20%, with further capacity cuts penciled in should the company not succeed in returning to higher European sales volumes.[4] The next generation of Ford Mondeo will be assembled, for the European market, at the manufacturer's Valencia plant.

Reports in March 2013 indicated that agreement with the workers' representatives would see Ford paying out an average of €144,000 (at the time equivalent to US$187,500) for each of the 4,000 workers to be laid off. It was noted that this was significantly below the US$202,700 per worker that had been the price reportedly paid by General Motors at the closure in 2010 of their Antwerp facility.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Belgium:Genk Body and Assembly Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "Newspress". 
  3. ^ "Ford confirms plans to close Belgian factory". 24 October 2012 – via 
  4. ^ a b "187.500 pro Arbeiter: Ford erkauft sich Werksschließung in Genk". 

Coordinates: 50°55′18″N 5°30′26″E / 50.9217°N 5.5072°E / 50.9217; 5.5072