Bridgend reaches 15m engines milestone

The scrappage scheme has pushed engine production past 15m at the Ford Bridgend plant. Additional shifts were introduced at the factory to cope with increased demand following the government incentive.

Production volumes were up by 18.3 per cent year on year at Bridgend last month. The plant, which started production in 1980, specialises in engines for Ford's small and medium cars, which have been popular under the scheme.

The engines built there are the 1.25, 1.4 and 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol units.

"All of our engine families are vital to Ford Bridgend,” said Graham Edwards, Bridgend plant manager. “In these tough times it's refreshing to report good news, with extra production scheduled last month and again in September to keep up with demand.

"The plant's outlook is positive, too, following this month's announcement that our 1.6 EcoBoost will make its debut in the new Ford C-Max next year."

From mid-2010 Bridgend will build the 1.6 EcoBoost engine, featuring direct petrol injection, turbocharging and twin variable valve timing technology.

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