Ford to Invest in UK Plant for Eco-Boost Engine
Though Ford UK announced as recently as the autumn of last year that it will be shutting two of its plants located in the United Kingdom, they still have an eye to future growth, and have just announced that they will be investing an additional £24 million into their engine plant located at Bridgend, Wales. The plant’s upgrade will enable it to produce the new 1.5 litre Eco-Boost engine from next year, which will be available globally. The new engine will be built alongside the 1.6-litre Eco-Boost engine, which was introduced in 2011.The retro-fitting of the plant and its new mission will mean an additional 2,300 jobs at the plant.
The expansion is testament to the continued growth of the automotive industry in the United Kingdom, where for the first time in thirty years, output is exceeding imports. This turnaround is encouraging, particularly in light of the fact that Ford recently announced that its Southampton plant and its Dagenham plant will both be closing. Ford Bridgend produces 2,668 four-cylinder engines ever day, exporting to Spain, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Belgium and the USA delivering an annual export value of £1.5bn when combined with other Ford UK operations.
Total production now exceeds 17 million engines and its products power the Ford Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX, Kuga and Mondeo models.