Ford has reduced its pledged investment into its Bridgend engine plant from £181 million to £100m
Jimi Beckwith
7 September 2016

Ford has nearly halved its investment in its Wales-based engine plant in Bridgend.

The amount Ford will invest in the plant has been reduced from £181 million to £100m, according to a report from the BBC.

A Ford spokesman said none of the jobs held at Bridgend are at risk but they cannot be guaranteed due to the fluctuating nature of the car industry.

The cut in investment is not only due to “falling predicted global demand for low-CO2 downsized petrol engines”, according to the Ford spokesman, but also partly down to a sharp rise in demand for 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines and the overlap between these and the other small petrol engines on offer.

It was also said that the reduction in investment was not related to Brexit, that the fluctuation in demand was detected before Brexit and that the investment amount was likely to change if such a fluctuation would have decreased the merit of the investment.

The plant currently produces the 1.25, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.6-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder petrol engines that are found across the Ford model range. Diesel units are produced at Ford's Dagenham plant.

As it stands, the Ford spokesman added, production remains stable, so Bridgend will continue to employ its workforce with no planned job losses. Capacity can be increased quickly if required, too.

Employees and unions have been notified of the change in investment. Ford also invested £190m - including £8.9m from the government - in its Dagenham plant in 2014.

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7 September 2016
JLR will be also manufacturing straight sixes at the end of next yearand with them currently manufacturing most of the fours themselves within the next two years they will probably not buy much from Ford.Even the next 8 cylinders are likely to be a joint project with BMW.

7 September 2016
Ski Kid wrote:

JLR will be also manufacturing straight sixes at the end of next yearand with them currently manufacturing most of the fours themselves within the next two years they will probably not buy much from Ford.Even the next 8 cylinders are likely to be a joint project with BMW.

Probably quite a lot, lets hope they get the 6's ready before they switch off the Ford supply and not make the same mistake as they did with the 4.

Not sure what other models use the Ford version of this moteur now, I think some crude pick up down under still uses it and at one time it was muted that the F150 pickup would use the V8 version but as far as I remember from the discussions that version was to be built in the states. Don't PSA use their version anymore?

7 September 2016
old JLR 4 cylinder diesel: made by PSA elswere, France maybe?

old JLR 4 cylinder petrol: made by Ford in Spain

current JLR V6 diesel: made by PSA elsewere, France maybe x 2?

current JLR V8 diesel: made by Ford in Mexico

current JLR V6 petrol: made by Ford in Germany

something else?

Yeah, long live the Brexit

8 September 2016
The JLR V6 diesel is made in Dagenham. Ford and PSA had a JV for diesels, this engine is made in the UK only - I'm not even sure PSA have any current models using the engine now!

The JLR V6 petrol is a derivative of the V8 JLR engine (nothing to do with the V6 used in the X-type and S-type) and made on the same Bridgend production line

Thus the Jaguar element of Bridgend production - petrol V6 and V8 engines - is pretty small

7 September 2016
I know my 2.0tdci is made by PSA in France. If I lift the engine cover off their is the Peugeot lion and Citroen Chevrons on it

7 September 2016
That Bridgend did the petrol engines and Ford Dagenham the diesels,I kno wthat the diesels are joint developed with PSA

7 September 2016
Lets also not forget Volvo are no longer using Ford/PSA engines either, so I suspect, its as stated above, due to a lack of demand, as opposed to anything EU related.

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