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Summary

  1. Ford is projecting a reduction of 1,160 workers by 2021 at its Bridgend plant
  2. Figures are in a leaked document written by the company and seen by BBC Wales
  3. The factory employs about 1,800
  4. Company says it has "healthy volumes to occupy the current workforce" for next two to three years
  5. Ford currently manufactures 655,000 engines a year in Bridgend

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Ford, Bridgend and Erika

A short animated history of Ford in Bridgend

Short history of how Ford in Bridgend was built

PM offers 'reassurances'

Theresa May responds to concerns about Ford at PMQs

Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon told PMQs that families in the area were "frightened" about the Ford plant's future.

Ford job fears: Bridgend MP says families deeply worried

PM: 'We'll continue to have regular dialogue with Ford'

Theresa May
BBC

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Theresa May said: "Ford is an important investor here. It's been established here for over 100 years. We now account for around a third of Ford's global engine production and Bridgend continues to be an important part of that.

"We have had dialogue with Ford. We will continue to have a regular dialogue with Ford about the ways government can help to make sure this success continues." 

Mrs May was responding to Bridgend Labour MP Madeleine Moon, who said families in her constituency were "frightened" that Ford would not bring new contracts in the factory "with the uncertainty of Brexit ahead of them". 

She asked Mrs May to ensure her ministers to meet Ford and Unite the union about the threat to jobs at the Bridgend plant.

FM: We need to work with Ford and unions

Carwyn Jones says job cuts figures are a 'worst-case scenario'

Ford 'worst case scenario'

MP 'stunned'

BBC Wales political reporter Paul Martin tweets

Madeleine Moon MP
BBC

In September @MadeleineMoon said she'd been told Ford was planning an increase of 550 jobs in Bridgend. Says she is "stunned" today.

'Regular dialogue'

BBC Wales Westminster correspondent

Figures a 'worse-case scenario'

Welsh Government in constant contact with Ford, minister says

Carwyn Jones, First Minister
BBC

First Minister Carwyn Jones has told BBC Wales reports of more than 1,000 job losses at Ford's Bridgend engine plant are "a worse case scenario". 

Mr Jones said he had been in "constant contact" with Ford Europe and the Welsh Government would be working with the company to bring in new investment for the future. 

He said: "There is work to be done but I am confident that we can strengthen Ford Bridgend's position."

He added that the Bridgend management had "allowed work practices to develop that haven't been helpful" and that relations between the unions and managers were "not as good as they could be". 

He rejected calls for him to speak to Ford management in the US,saying: "That would be pointless - all the decisions are being made by Ford in Europe."

Local concerns

'Disturbing news'

Labour MP tweets

Really disturbing news for lots of Rhondda families.

Chris BryantLabour MP for the Rhondda
Chris Bryant MP
BBC

How Ford arrived in Bridgend

Ford Escort
BBC
The mark III Ford Escort was nearly called the Ford Erika after its development name

Ford chose Bridgend for its new engine plant in the summer of 1977 after competition from elsewhere in Europe, chiefly from Ireland, writes BBC Wales economic correspondent Sarah Dickins .

It needed an engine for its new model - codenamed Erika - which was designed to rescue the company from the doldrums, especially in Europe and America.

The car became the next generation Ford Escort, and would be built at Halewood on Merseyside and at Saarlouis in Germany from 1980.

The American company looked at sites in Briton Ferry, Shotton and was close to choosing Llantrisant before opting for development land in Bridgend.

Wales Office statement

A Wales Office spokesperson has said that Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns met Ford officials yesterday and "discussed various issues at the plant, including the natural life cycle of engines made there and ongoing plans for modernisation". 

He said he would "continue to positively engage with Ford at Bridgend".

Ford sites across Europe

A map showing Ford's sites across Europe
BBC

Corbyn hopes workers get 'assurances they need'

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has raised the future of the Ford plant in Bridgend during prime minister's questions in the House of Commons.

Mr Corbyn told MPs he hopes Ford workers in Bridgend "get today the assurances they need about their job security and their futures". 

Both the Labour leader, who was wearing a daffodil in his lapel, and the prime minister wished everyone a happy St David's Day before returning to more traditional political exchanges.

'Losing out in global race'

BBC Wales economic correspondent Sarah Dickins looks at the history of Ford in the UK and how the company's strategy has changed in recent decades.

Ford global map
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Stand-alone engine plants are a rarity in Ford's global operations

Ford mentioned in PMQs

Urgent question in the assembly

Ford Bridgend by numbers

Ford Bridgend from the air
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  • Current total employment: 1,800  
  • Current products: 1.25 L 4-cyl, Fiesta 1.4 L 4-cyl, Fiesta, B-MAX 1.6 L Ti-VCT - Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX, Mondeo 1.6 L EcoBoost, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX , Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy 
  • Year opened: 1980 
  • Site size in acres: 60 
  • Plant size in square feet: 1,525,320

'Very worrying' times

Citizen Advice Cymru spokesman

Very worrying news about jobs in #FordBridgend and a massive blow to the local economy if this is true goo.gl/nphIoj

'Offer Ford same as Nissan'

Owen Smith - news 'desperate' for workers

Owen Smith
BBC

Pontypridd MP Owen Smith said: "If it is true that Ford have plans to cut over 1,100 jobs at its Bridgend plant then this is desperate news for workers and would be a devastating blow to the South Wales economy. 

"The Welsh Labour Government and Trade Union colleagues, especially Unite, will no doubt be doing all they can to understand the situation and to protect jobs. 

"The Tory Government in Westminster also has to step up and protect these jobs that are so vital for our local economy. 

"We know that they have offered incentives and guarantees to Nissan to stay in the North East, we now need to see the same intervention in South Wales."

'A disgraceful act'

Plaid Cymru Bridgend has tweeted Ford saying "this is a disgraceful act"

Future workload a concern, says Ford

Ford logo
Reuters

Here is the latest statement from Ford: "We announced in September last year that Ford would invest an initial £100m of an approved investment to build a family of all-new, technologically-advanced petrol engines at Bridgend from late 2018.

"In line with this announcement, we have shared the five-year outlook with our Union partners, based on what we know today. 

"This shows healthy volumes to occupy the current workforce over the next 2-3 years. 

"Beyond that, identified workload is reduced and whilst such a forecast is not unusual, given the cyclical nature of our business, it is a concern, and we fully understand that. 

"Ford has therefore proposed a joint-working party with its union partners, UNITE and GMB, to identify future business opportunities. 

"It goes without saying, that in order to attract new business, the Bridgend operation would need to ensure its competitiveness, and addressing some of the current concerns relating to the plant's efficiency would be high on the agenda."

'Very concerned'

The view from Bridgend market

'All quiet'

BBC News' Tomos Morgan tweets from the Ford factory

Factory 'underperforming'

What we know so far

  • In September, Ford announced cut backs on its planned investment in the new Dragon engine but it said its 1,850 workers would not be affected
  • Ford has said it would not comment on leaked documents about job cuts but it is preparing a revised statement
  • The car maker currently manufactures 655,000 engines in Bridgend but the contracts for these are coming to an end and there's only guaranteed work for 125,000 in the future  
  • The leaked document, seen by BBC Wales, says the plant is underperforming in comparison to similar sites including Ford Dagenham
  • Full story: 1,160 Bridgend Ford jobs projected
Bridgend factory sign
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'A shift in gear'

Background from BBC Wales Economics Correspondent

Ford in Bridgend
Credit Geograph/Mick Lobb

BBC Wales economics correspondent Sarah Dickins said: "The decline on the horizon for the Bridgend engine plant is the latest phase of a shift in gear that has been going on since the early 1990s. 

"The change in emphasis goes back to 2008 and the 'one Ford Plan' - the decision at Ford HQ in Dearborn in the States to 'go global'. 

"This meant operating as a global company and no longer have Ford UK and Ford Europe making different designs of cars compared with the USA and rest of the world."  

The First Minister 'should go to Detroit'

Adam Price, Plaid AM
BBC

Plaid Cymru's economy spokesman Adam Price AM this morning called on the first minister to travel to Detroit and speak directly with Ford chief executive Mark Field.

He urged Carwyn Jones to get assurances regarding the future of the Bridgend site. 

He told Radio Cymru's  Post Cyntaf programme : "We've got to get confirmation one way or another with the company, and I'd call on the first minister to go to Detroit."

'Reports deeply concerning'

Earlier, First Minister Carwyn Jones said he was "seeking urgent assurances" from Ford about its future plans for Bridgend.

My statement on Ford Bridgend:

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Ford set to cut 1,160 jobs by 2012

Ford is projecting a reduction of 1,160 workers by 2021 at its Bridgend plant, according to a leaked document written by the company and seen by BBC Wales.

It is based on the assumption that it is unable to bring any new work to the site. 

The document says that the plant is underperforming in comparison to similar sites including Ford Dagenham.  

More to follow. 

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Good morning. Welcome to our coverage of the news breaking this morning in relation to the potential loss of jobs at Ford's plant in Bridgend