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Ford to bundle its development talent

Ford of Europe reorganizes engine and vehicle development

Cologne, Germany. Ford of Europe wants to separate product development fields more sharply.

In the future the company will develop engines at its Dunton technical center in Essex, England. Vehicle development will take place at the Ford development center in Cologne-Merkenich, Germany.

Each location employs around 350 people. Engineers whose jobs are affected at one location will get a chance to transfer to the other center.

A move to another country "is not such a big deal for an engineer anymore," said Dieter Hinkelmann, Ford of Europe's works council chairman. Talks between management and the works council on the details of the reorganization will continue until September.

"No one needs to pack right away," Hinkelmann said. "The transfer of expertise will be completed within the next five years."

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