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Ford cuts more than 5,000 jobs in Germany, and cuts come across Europe



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Ford Motor Company will cut more than 5,000 jobs in Germany and an undetermined number of jobs in the UK, the company spokeswoman said on Friday after the company launched plans to define its struggling European businesses earlier this year.

"The goal is to significantly reduce building costs, reduce bureaucracy, empower leaders and managers and prevent less value-added work," the Ford spokeswoman said.

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The move is part of the redevelopment, aimed at becoming the European business of the company, announced in January. At the same time, the car manufacturer said that will cut thousands of jobs in Europe. Last October, Ford informed employees of a global restructuring.

The company offers voluntary separation programs for workers in Germany and the UK, the spokeswoman said. The number of cuts has not yet been determined in Britain, she said.

The spokesman added that additional measures, including potential cuts, would be required throughout its European operation, but they are still under development.

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The automotive industry is bracing for the impact of electric vehicles and autonomous driving. Ford's CEO, The Act, is implementing sweeping measures to reduce costs.

Write Donato Paolo Mancini at donatopaolo.mancini@dowjones.com; @ donatopmancini

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