In Brief : Ford to Make Sierra in Belgium

From Times staff and wire service reports

--Ford Motor Co. Ltd. said today it plans to switch production of its Sierra model from Britain to Belgium as part of its strategy to prepare for the single European market in 1992.

The gradual production switch is expected to cut 500 jobs in Dagenham, northeast of London, and create 2,000 jobs in Genk, Belgium, over the next five years, said a Ford spokesman. The moves will strengthen the company’s ability to meet anticipated increases and variations in demand by 1992, when the Common Market is to become one barrier-free marketplace of 320 million consumers, Ford said.

Dagenham, which employs 8,300 auto workers, will concentrate on the new Fiesta model, to be introduced in the spring, with production to be increased to match the current combined output of Sierras and Fiestas of 1,100 a day.