Nov 2, 2018

Ineos in talks with Ford to produce cars at Bridgend

Chemicals company Ineos is in talks with Ford about manufacturing vehicles at the automaker's Bridgend engine plant, offering hope to more than 1,000 workers currently at risk of redundancy at the site, according to several people familiar with the discussions. Bridgend employs more than 1,700 people, but Ford has warned that it expects to lose 1,100 workers from the site after a contract to make petrol engines for Jaguar Land Rover comes to an end in 2020. Ford's two British engine plants, in Bridgend and Dagenham, are both supported by contracts with JLR, which has taken engines from Ford since Jaguar Cars and Land-Rover were sold to Tata by the US carmaker in 2008. JLR has its own engine plant at Wolverhampton, which will take both petrol and diesel manufacturing in-house after its Ford contracts end. Ford has already planned to reduce the workforce at Bridgend this year after moving from producing the 500,000 Sigma engines a year to making 125,000 Dragon engines a year.

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