Good news for Bridgend – £24m investment at Ford Bridgend

The £24 million investment announced at Ford’s high-tech Bridgend engine plant has been warmly welcomed and supported by the Welsh Government.

Ford Bridgend is to produce a new fuel-efficient 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and announced that employment at Bridgend will rise to 2,300 this year, the most in its 33-year history.

Bridgend AM and First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “It is a great tribute to the expertise and professionalism of all who work at the plant and it puts it in a strong position for the future.’’

Since opening in 1980 the plant has gone from strength to strength securing new lines and products, resulting in continuing success and sustainability.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: “Welsh Government support helped secure this important project for Wales that will help safeguard and create high quality production and engineering jobs in Wales. We worked closely with Ford and I am pleased to confirm a support package covering business finance, training and infrastructure works towards this exciting programme.

The news is excellent for the region, for Wales and the advanced materials and manufacturing sector – one of our key economic sectors with high growth potential. Ford Bridgend is a prime example of how that potential is being realised with Welsh Government support.”