Ford’s Bridgend engine plant could reduce its workforce in four years' time as a result of plans to shrink its production output from 2021.
The south Wales facility was due to receive £181 million of investment last year but that was reduced to £100m due to a changing market. Supply for the four-cylinder Ecoboost engine produced at Bridgend is expected to fall, partly because of the predicted growth in demand for the three-pot Ecoboost unit that will be used in models such as the 2018 Fiesta ST.
Ford said these changes in supply mean that it's uncertain of output levels for the site from 2021. It also said Bridgend's workload is likely to reduce with the introduction of a new engine range called Dragon.
In an official statement, the car maker said: “We have shared the five-year outlook with our union partners, based on what we know today. This shows healthy volumes to occupy the current workforce over the next two to three years. Beyond that, identified workload is reduced and whilst such a forecast is not unusual, given the cyclical nature of our business, it is a concern, and we fully understand that.”