Ford is aiming to cut up to 400 jobs from its engine plant at Bridgend in Wales, in one of the first moves of its cost-cutting ‘transformation’ of its European business.
The car firm has informed trade union officials that it will launch a voluntary redundancy drive at the plant to cut between 370 and 400 jobs, according to Sky News. Ford has been planning to shrink production at the facility, which Autocar previously reported could lead to the loss of more than 1000 jobs.
The move, which Ford confirmed to Sky News, is part of a major overhaul of its European business, and more widely of a £14 billion global cost-cutting programme. It includes cutting costs in areas such as purchasing, manufacturing and engineering, and reducing “surplus labour”, according to Ford president Steven Armstrong. The total number of jobs affected will likely be in the thousands.
The Ford Bridgend plant recently started building the three-cylinder 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine used in the Fiesta ST and new Focus, alongside a four-cylinder unit. It also produces the Jaguar AJ-V8 engine for Jaguar Land Rover, although demand for that motor has been hit by falling demand for the various models it is used in.