DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co. is shutting its factory in the Philippines for 18 days as a precautionary move to ensure parts availability following the March 11 earthquake in Japan.
The plant produces the Escape sport-utility vehicle, Focus sedan and two Mazda models. The shutdown includes an already planned weeklong idling for the Easter holiday in the Philippines, spokesman Todd Nissen said in an e-mail.
Parts shortages may cause shutdowns at Ford facilities in Asia this month and next, the automaker said in an April 11 regulatory filing. Halting production at Asian plants isn't expected to have a "material impact" on financial results, the automaker said.