Russian demand for the Ford Focus and Mondeo has seen the firm ramp up production there

Rising demand of Ford’s Focus and Mondeo models has seen the firm ramp up production at its Russian manufacturing facility near St. Petersburg.

The Russian arm of the blue oval has taken on 500 additional workers at the plant in Vsevolozhsk, which builds the Focus and Mondeo models on a three-shift pattern, and already employs 2000 people.

In February, Ford announced a joint venture with Russian manufacturer, Sollers, which will see the two companies sharing manufacturing and distribution facilities to build the Ford brand in Russia.

The joint venture, called Ford Sollers, is scheduled to start at the end of 2011.

Ford was the first foreign car maker to build cars on Russian soil, with production started there in 2002.

Tim Kendall

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