Manufacturer invests £70m at its Brigend engine factory
28 October 2008

Ford has announced a new investment programme at the Bridgend engine plant in south Wales. More than £70 million will be ploughed into the plant, where Ford’s next-generation 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine will be made.

As other UK car plants scale down production capacity, Ford has been recruiting more workers at Bridgend, which now has more than 2000 employees for the first time in its history.

The new engine will go into production ‘within two years’ and will be the first of a new global generation of ‘EcoBoost’ motors that feature both turbocharging and direct injection.

Compared to larger-capacity motors with similar power, these new engines are expected to improve fuel economy by about 20 per cent and to cut CO2 emissions by about 15 per cent.

The Bridgend factory currently produces the 3.2-litre straight-six engine that is used by Volvo and Land Rover as well as V8 units for the American market. Most of Ford’s European diesel engines are also built in the UK at the Dagenham factory in Essex.

Mike Duff

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