One of Ford's manufacturing plants is celebrating the production of its 40 millionth engine; the Plant in Dagenham has been responsible for producing engines for new Ford vans and cars since 1931. Ford's Dagenham plant is now the provider of 50% of global Ford diesel engines, and has, in the past, provided engines for classic Ford cars such as the Capri, Escort, Granada and Cortina.
Dagenham now concentrates its efforts on providing the latest in fuel efficient engines, for vehicles such as the Ford Focus, Fiesta and the ever popular commercial vehicle the Ford Transit van.
Ford Britain's chairman, Joe Greenwell commented on the plant's feat, saying that it was a magnificent milestone for the company's biggest UK site. He commented also about the Dagenham plant's role in helping the UK's sustainable economic recovery; with it exporting to 12 countries and being the main manufacturer of the TDCi 1.6 litre unit, hailed as the most fuel efficient engine from the blue oval.