Ford Bridgend engine deal to end three months early 0

Production of Jaguar Land Rover engines at Ford’s Bridgend plant will end three months early, the company has announced.

Ford confirmed that the contract to supply JLR with petrol engines is set to end in September 2020.

The car maker said the news was a disappointment, but it would look to explore other opportunities.

Almost 50 percent of the workforce at the Bridgend plant work on the JLR engine.

The plant has won a contract worth £100 million to make the next generation Ford Dragon engines. The investment was initially £181 million but that figure was subsequently reduced after the amount of engines on the order was cut from 250,000 to 125,000.

Currently Ford Bridgend makes half a million engines a year for Ford vehicles plus the quarter of a million for JLR.

After 2020, the number of engines produced on the site will be down to a quarter of the current output.

Ford are yet to release any details as to how the workforce will be cut and is currently in consultation with the unions.

A spokesman for the company said it would “continue to look at other high technology opportunities for Bridgend in the future.”

In August, the workforce at the plant voted for industrial action following uncertainty over the future.

JLR said: “Ford has been, and remains, an important strategic supplier to Jaguar Land Rover under an agreement which was negotiated to support our business until the end of the decade.”

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