MADRID (Reuters) - U.S. car maker Ford said on Wednesday it plans to cut about 1,600 jobs at its assembly plant in Valencia, Spain.

The company, which employs about 4,700 workers at the factory, told unions it plans to eliminate 600 jobs permanently, while it is open to negotiate the possible rehiring of about 1,000 workers later as it plans to boost output at the plant from 2027, a Ford spokesperson in Spain said.

This is the second job cut plan announced by Ford in two years after the company unveiled a plan to cut 1,100 jobs at the factory located in Almussafes, in the Valencia region, in 2023.

(Reporting by Inti Landauro, editing by Andrei Khalip)