Jul 7, 2020

Plan for 4x4 vehicle factory in Wales 'suspended'

Plans to build a new 4x4 vehicle plant in Wales have been put on hold by the firm Ineos. The Wales plant would have been built next to the current Ford engine plant at Bridgend, which is to shut this autumn with the loss of 1,700 jobs. "Some new options, such as this one with the plant in Hambach, have opened up that were simply not available to us previously," said Dirk Heilmann, the chief executive of Ineos Automotive. "Safety is of course paramount, but we also have an obligation to do what is right for the business - and so need to assess these new opportunities in order to maintain or improve on our timelines," said the Ineos Automotive chief. "I have already spoken to the Wales Office and I am seeking urgent clarification about the implications of the future plant in Bridgend from Ineos and what more can be done from both governments at either end of the M4," he said.

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