Sup­pli­ers greatly af­fected by Ford sale drop

Costa Levante News - - FRONT PAGE -

By Joe Wick­man WORK­ERS from sev­eral sup­pli­ers of the au­to­mo­tive gi­ant are hav­ing to tem­po­rar­ily fire nu­mer­ous work­ers af­ter the de­mand for their prod­ucts de­creased.

Com­pa­nies such as Ges­tamp, Fau­re­cia, Au­totrim, Magna or Lear are all suf­fer­ing the con­se­quences of the Ford pro­duc­tion plant in Al­mus­safes cut­ting back their ve­hi­cle pro­duc­tion and agree­ing to a 22-day lay­off for nu­mer­ous work­ers.

As a re­sult, the afore­men­tioned com­pa­nies are also mak­ing ad­just­ments – in the best cases. Those that have re­sulted worst off are the com­pa­nies that only work with Ford, such as the lo­cal branch of Zen­der, which has had to close down com­pletely.

Those that re­main open will stop pro­duc­tion on No­vem­ber 9 and 16, De­cem­ber 20 and 21, and Jan­uary 2, 3, 4, 24 and 25, while ne­go­ti­a­tions with unions in or­der to limit the dam­age as much as pos­si­ble con­tinue. By Sa­man­tha Kett A ROUND­ABOUT be­tween Car­refour in Gandia and the coast road has cut the crash rate by 88% since it was un­veiled last year.

The traf­fic is­land meant the Car­refour and La Vi­tal shop­ping cen­tre junc­tion on the CV-670 was shut for months dur­ing the build­ing works, but its open­ing in 2017 wiped out a no­to­ri­ous and badly-lit ac­ci­dent blackspot on a con­fus­ing mul­ti­ple in­ter­change.

It pro­vides ac­cess to Gandia beach and port and to the hyper­mar­ket and shop­ping cen­tres from the coast road through Piles, Mi­ra­mar, Guardamar de la Safor and Daimús, mean­ing the var­i­ous routes lead­ing to and from it are very heav­ily fre­quented – es­pe­cially by those seek­ing to avoid the clogged-up and pol- luted N-332 from Oliva to Gandia via Palmera, L'Al­que­ria de la Comtessa and Bell­re­guard.

Whilst in 2013, eight crashes were re­ported at the junc­tion – a sim­i­lar num­ber to those of ev­ery other year be­fore and since – only one oc­curred in 2017 af­ter the round­about opened.

A re­port from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, or Diputación de Va­len­cia, shows that ac­ci­dents across the prov­ince fell by 13% year on year be­tween 2016 and 2017 – with 341 in­stead of the 392 in 2016.

Of these, seven vic­tims in 2017 lost their lives, as op­posed to 12 in 2016, or a de­crease of 41.7%. The 1,800 kilo­me­tres of roads in the Va­len­cia prov­ince see an av­er­age of 2,229 cars a day, although in prac­tice, some are barely used by more than 100 and oth­ers by over 100,000.

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