Time­line of Ford in Brid­gend

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1980:

Pro­duc­tion starts at Ford’s Brid­gend plant af­ter the car man­u­fac­turer signs an in­vest­ment deal with the Welsh De­vel­op­ment Agency.

Fac­tory pro­duces its one mil­lionth en­gine

First RS Turbo en­gine built. Three mil­lionth en­gine

1983: 1984: 1987:

built.

1988:

An­nounce­ment of £726m pro­ject for new gen­er­a­tion of en­gines.

Pro­duc­tion of V8 Jaguar en­gines starts. At the time Jaguar was a subsidiary of Ford.

An­nounce­ment of £240m pro­ject to bring pro­duc­tion of en­gines for com­pany’s lux­ury brands like Land Rover, which was then a subsidiary of Ford, to Brid­gend.

Pro­duc­tion line work­ers were among the first to drive the Fo­cus RS pow­ered by a two-litre Brid­gend-built Du­ratec en­gine, the first of which came off the pro­duc­tion line in Au­gust.

Pro­duc­tion of V8 en­gines for Land Rover Dis­cov­ery be­gins.

Fur­ther ex­pan­sion leads to an­nounce­ment of 200 new jobs; plant also on course to make 800,000 en­gines that year, the high­est num­ber since 1980.

£70m in­vest­ment to pro­duce new gen­er­a­tion of low CO₂ emis­sion en­gines.

£181m in­vest­ment an­nounced to pro­duce new Dragon fuel-ef­fi­cient en­gines from 2018. Welsh Gov­ern­ment gives sup­port of £14.6m.

Ford con­firms ini­tial in­vest­ment in Dragon will now be £100m, safe­guard­ing 550 jobs.

Jaguar Land Rover ends en­gine deal early, mean­ing pro­duc­tion of the en­gines will cease in Septem­ber 2020 in­stead of at the end of that year.

Em­ploy­ees work­ing on the AJ assem­bly line – which makes the Jaguar AJ-V8 en­gine – are told to take a week off work due to the pro­duc­tion line un­ex­pect­edly shut­ting down. Later, Ford said it was in talks with chem­i­cal com­pany Ineos to build a new off-road ve­hi­cle at the plant.

1996: 2001: 2002: 2004: 2007: 2008: 2015: 2016: 2017: 2018: Novem­ber 2018:

Staff said they were told there could be vol­un­tary re­dun­dan­cies af­ter Christ­mas. A weekly bul­letin was sent to em­ploy­ees which said the US car­maker is plan­ning on the ba­sis that it will have too many staff by the mid­dle of 2019.

Prince Philip at Ford Brid­gend in 1988

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