Jun 7, 2019

Ford Bridgend: Workers 'feel betrayed', says first minister

PA Business leaders and politicians must work together to understand what a "Post-Ford Bridgend looks like", the Federation of Small Businesses has said. 2008: Ford announces it will operate as a single global company - meaning its Bridgend engine plant had to compete with the firm's other factories across the world, not just in Europe. 2015: Bridgend secures investment for Dragon petrol engine project - with 250,000 engines a year, although it has capacity for 750,000 a year. 2017: Ford projects a reduction of 1,160 workers by 2021 and confirms production of Jaguar Land Rover engines - which involves half the workforce - will end in 2020. "We want to see determination from both Welsh Government and UK Government to work together with all the partners involved, get around the table, understand what is immediately needed, understand what the future in the longer-term is for Bridgend and the wider region and come up with some tangible actions to help remediate this."

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