Ford is preparing to close its engine plant in Bridgend – with the likely loss of 1700 jobs.
An announcement on the factory’s future is expected as soon as Thursday but US carmaker Ford refused to comment on the speculation.
1 Ford’s Bridgend engine plant has operated for 40 yearsCredit: Getty – Contributor
Union leaders have been called to a meeting with Ford bosses Thursday morning.
A Unite spokesperson said: “Unite will comment further once the details of any announcement are known.
“Our priority is our members’ jobs, the communities and livelihoods in the supply chain that Ford Bridgend supports.”
Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said he was in ongoing dialogue with the company.
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Bridgend opened nearly 40 years ago. Investment in the plant’s new Dragon engine had been scaled back, while production of an engine for Jaguar Land Rover is due to end this year.
Ford announced last month it was cutting 7,000 white collar jobs worldwide.
Carmakers globally have been under pressure as Chinese demand falls and diesel sales slump while electrification ramps up.
Original adverts for the Ford Focus in the early 2000’s