Ford invests in UK plc

25 May 2006 #SMMT News

Ford has announced the expansion of their Bridgend engine plant with an investment of £100 million. The financial boost will see the creation of 250 new jobs to produce the new 3.2 litre short in-line six cylinder engine (SI6).

It marks the completion of a £245 million two-year investment programme at the plant to produce the new engines for Ford Motor Company’s Premier Automotive Group brands.

The £145 million 4.4 and 4.2-litre V8 programme, which launched in May 2004, is used in for Range Rover, Land Rover Discovery and Jaguar models. The SI6, representing the balance of the investment, is for Volvo and other vehicle applications to be announced later. Annual volumes at full capacity for the new SI6 will be 209,000, adding to Bridgend’s 78,100 annual V8 production on the same line. By 2009, Bridgend expects to be producing a million engines a year.

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