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Ford Union

Ford Union
Industry Automotive industry
Founded July 1997
Defunct July 2000
Headquarters Obchuk, Belarus
Area served Great Britain, Eastern Europe and CIS
Key people Alan Batty (CEO)
Products automobiles
Owners Ford Motor Company: 51 %
Belarussian government: 26 %
Lada-OMC: 23 %

The Ford Union (original spelling: Форд-Юніён) is a former joint venture of the Ford Motor Company, the Russian Lada importer Lada-OMC and the Belarussian government. It was located in Obchuk near the city of Minsk in Belarus. Ford has invested a capital of US$10.000.000 for building this plant. So it was the most expensive plant of the Ford concern in Western Europe at this time. The company existed from 1997 up to 2000 when it was closed due to low sales.[1][2][3]

The Ford Union was not a manufacturer, it was only an assembler of SKD kits. The vehicles assembled by the Belarussian plant can be identified by the manufacturer code Y4F on the start on the VIN and an R on the eleventh position for the plant identification.[4][5]

The plant become well-known on 23 July 1997 as president Aljaksandr Ryhorawitsch Lukaschenka was invited to a press conference with five strategically selected foreign journalists to discuss a predicted failure which later proved true.

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  1. ^ "Hell on wheels?(Ford opening assembly plant in Belarus)(Brief Article) – The Economist (US)". Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ford To Halt Assembly In Belarus July Due To Low Demand". 2 June 2000. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Russel R. Miller (1998). Selling to newly emerging markets. ISBN 1-56720-044-3 page 192. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ford Club Belarus • Просмотр темы – vin КОД". Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "VIN: FORD (europe)". CARInfo. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 

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