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Volkswagen to furlough 1,000 workers in Brazil

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Staff Writer | July 20, 2018
Volkswagen will furlough about 1,000 workers at its largest factory in Brazil, union representatives said, due to weaker economic growth and slumping exports to Argentina.
Volkswagen Brazil
Auto industry   The factory produces the Jetta, Saveiro and Polo models
The month-long furlough will start on Aug. 21 at the VW plant in Sao Bernardo do Campo, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, according to the local metalworkers union.

The factory produces the Jetta, Saveiro and Polo models, along with its Virtus sedan variant, and employs about 8,000 workers.

The news was first reported by newspaper O Estado De S. Paulo on Thursday.

Anfavea this month cut its projection for production this year in Brazil to 3,021,000 vehicles, a growth of 11.9 percent instead of 13.2 percent forecast earlier. Production grew 13.6 percent in the first half of the year to 1,435,000 vehicles.