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BYD In Talks to Acquire Ford German Manufacturing Plant, Report Says

Sam Boughedda
Sam Boughedda trader
Updated 25 Jan 2023

BYD, the Chinese electric vehicle maker backed by Warren Buffett, is reportedly in talks with Ford to acquire a manufacturing plant in Germany, The Wall Street Journal reported late Tuesday.

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The WSJ, citing people familiar with the matter, states that Ford officials from Germany are planning to travel to China next week to hold talks regarding the sale of the plant, which currently produces Ford’s Focus compact model.

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The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The factory is the Saarlouis plant, with vehicle production scheduled to eventually end in 2025, the report said. However, they warned that talks are still at a preliminary stage and could ultimately fall through.

Various vehicle firms have been trimming expenses recently as rising expenses pressure automakers. A further headwind for EV manufacturers has been the reported slowdown in demand, forcing many to cut prices, weighing on margins.

The WSJ also stated that Ford also has interest in the plant from around 15 potential investors

In October, BYD told Reuters it was looking to produce electric cars in Europe, although it currently produces electric buses at a plant in Hungary.

Separately, it was reported on Monday that Germany’s IG Metall union said Ford intends to cut up to 3,200 jobs across Europe and move some product development work to the US.

However, the union is promising action that would disrupt the company across Europe if it goes ahead with the cuts.


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Sam Boughedda
Sam is a trader and lead stock market writer at AskTraders. After starting his career in the forex market, Sam now focuses on stocks, specifically consumer staples.