INTERNATIONAL - Ford said it would close its plant in Bridgend, south Wales, next year because of falling demand for some if its engines, putting 1,700 jobs at risk in a further blow to Britain’s once booming car industry.
Ford is making cuts in several markets to turn around loss-making operations and has also repeatedly warned the British government that it needs free trade to be maintained with the European Union after Brexit.
Production of Ford’s 1.5-liter petrol engine will end in February, whilst a contract to supply Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) finishes in September 2020, the US automaker said on Thursday.
“Changing customer demand and cost disadvantages, plus an absence of additional engine models for Bridgend going forward make the plant economically unsustainable in the years ahead,” said Ford Europe President Stuart Rowley.
The Bridgend plant built around 20 percent of Britain’s 2.7 million automotive engines last year.