Ford shuts down Bridgend manufacturing line for 5 days

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Welsh plant provides engines to Jaguar, which stopped manufacturing at Solihull final week

Ford has ceased manufacturing on a line of its Bridgend engine manufacturing plant for per week. The road produces engines for Jaguar, which itself ceased manufacturing at its Solihull facility final week for 2 weeks.

A letter despatched by Ford’s HR division to employees on the Bridgend plant, obtained by WalesOnline, blamed Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull closure for inflicting a “knock on impact in a diminished demand for the element components from their provide base”. 

The meeting line produces the Jaguar AJ-V8, discovered within the F-Kind sports activities automobile, the now discontinued XJR, and flagship Vary Rover and Vary Rover Sport fashions. It’s constructed alongside Ford’s personal four-cylinder petrol engine within the Welsh plant, which employs greater than 1,500 employees. 

Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones has mentioned assurances are being sought from Ford that the transfer is non permanent. The information comes as plenty of automotive components suppliers throughout Wales provoke shutdowns till Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant is again up and working.

The information is recent turmoil for the Bridgend plant, which was final 12 months threatened with a big workforce discount in 2021 below Ford plans to shrink its manufacturing output. 

Jaguar Land Rover’s plant closure comes on the similar time it opens a brand new manufacturing facility in Slovakia, costing £1bn and already using 1500 individuals. It’s also working a three-day week at its Fortress Bromwich manufacturing line, attibuting a decline in gross sales to ongoing Brexit uncertainty and a hunch in demand of diesel vehicles. 

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