Suppliers greatly affected by Ford sale drop
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.