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Engine milestone for Ford factory in south Wales

Published 21/09/2016

Engineers at the Ford engine plant near Bridgend, south Wales
Engineers at the Ford engine plant near Bridgend, south Wales

A Ford factory has built its 20-millionth engine, 37 years after the first one was produced.

The company hailed the achievement at its site in Bridgend, south Wales, weeks after announcing it will be cutting back on future investment.

Linda Cash, Ford of Europe's vice president of manufacturing, said: "Bridgend has a proud record of high-quality engine production and I'm delighted to celebrate this significant milestone with the team that builds them.

"Today the plant builds a range of high-tech EcoBoost products, and we continue to invest in Bridgend, with the plant confirmed to build the next generation of fuel-efficient petrol engines."

Ford is reducing investment in a new engine at Bridgend from £181 million to £100 million, but says there will be no redundancies.

Andy Richards, Unite's Wales Secretary, said: "Ford has today rightly celebrated 20 million engines produced at Bridgend.

"The future of the plant and where the next 20 million are going to come from is deeply uncertain.

"Unite wants Ford to engage with us and discuss a future product strategy for the plant which will ensure the site's success for decades ahead."

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