Ford shuts down Bridgend production line for five days

Welsh plant supplies engines to Jaguar, which stopped production at Solihull last week.

By Lawrence Allan, Autocar UK calendar 30 Oct 2018 Views icon2657 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Ford has ceased production on a line of its Bridgend engine manufacturing plant for a week. The line produces engines for Jaguar, which itself ceased production at its Solihull facility last week for two weeks.

A letter sent by Ford's HR department to workers at the Bridgend plant, obtained by WalesOnline, blamed Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull closure for causing a “knock-on effect in a reduced demand for the component parts from their supply base”. 

The assembly line produces the Jaguar AJ-V8, found in the F-Type sports car, the now discontinued XJR, and flagship Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models. It’s built alongside Ford’s own four-cylinder petrol engine in the Welsh plant, which employs more than 1,500 staff. 

Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones has said assurances are being sought from Ford that the move is temporary. The news comes as a number of automotive parts suppliers across Wales initiate shutdowns until Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant is back up and running.

The news is fresh turmoil for the Bridgend plant, which was last year threatened with a large workforce reduction in 2021 under Ford plans to shrink its production output. 

Jaguar Land Rover’s plant closure comes at the same time it opens a new manufacturing facility in Slovakia, costing £1bn (Rs 9,425 crore) and already employing 1,500 people. It is also operating a three-day week at its Castle Bromwich production line, attributing a decline in sales to ongoing Brexit uncertainty and a slump in demand of diesel cars. 

Also read: JLR to shut Solihull plant for two weeks as sales slide

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