New Business Boost For Ford Bridgend

Ford's Bridgend Engine Plant has received new orders from Ford Motor Company-owned brands Land Rover and Volvo. All engines in the 2006 Range Rover being unveiled at the North American International Auto Show this weekend are Bridgend-built.

Land Rover has ordered two V8 petrol units made in South Wales for its top model - a supercharged 4.2-litre and standard 4.4-litre, which are both also shipped to Jaguar for the XJ, XK and S-Type models. Ford Bridgend already supplies V8's for Land Rover's Discovery model.

This year Ford Bridgend will supply an additional 17,000 V8s for the 2006 Range Rover, which is on show in Detroit this weekend and will be launched in Britain this spring.

The plant has also started building 1.6-litre petrol Zetec SE engines for Volvo's new S40 saloon. The availability of a 1.6-litre S40 means 10,000 Zetec SE units will be supplied from Bridgend to Volvo this year.

Plant manager Bob Murphy said: "This news is win-win for the plant and all our customers within Ford Motor Company. Once again the Ford Bridgend team has shown how this facility can supply engines to different parts of the organisation without compromising any of its brands."

The new business for Ford Bridgend helps the plant towards its goal of producing a million engines a year by 2010. Volumes of its four cylinder Zetec SE are likely to top 535,000 this year and the V8 engine lines have an annual capacity of 55,000 units.

Published 17 January 2005 Melanie Carter

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