Madeleine Moon MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Bridgend

Ford Engine Plant, Bridgend

Ford Engine Plant, Bridgend

Madeleine responds to Ford's announcement on its investment in the Engine Plant in Bridgend:

‘The Ford Engine Plant in Bridgend is at the forefront of automotive engineering and technology and at the heart of our local economy. Currently 1,850 people work at the plant and I appreciate the concerns of employees following the recent announcement that Ford has reduced the scale of its initial investment in a new generation of advanced fuel-efficient engines.’

‘Ford have advised me that the initial reduction in investment from £181 million to £100 million, to produce a family of new fuel efficient petrol engines from late 2018, is motivated by the success of the EcoBoost petrol engine and anticipated changes in demand. The positive news is that Bridgend Ford’s flexible manufacturing capability means that if the markets change the factory can scale production up or down should the situation change. Although there is an initial reduction in investment, there will still be a projected increase of 550 jobs expected.’

‘I retain close contact with Ford and am assured that the company remains committed to building the new generation of engines in Bridgend. The investment of £100 million demonstrates that despite the market uncertainty generated by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, Ford continues to have confidence in the future of the Welsh economy and values the skills and hard work of its staff at Bridgend.’

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