Ford to close UK factories
Ford has confirmed that it will be closing two of its factories in the UK.
The Transit factory in Southampton and the stamping plant in Dagenham are due to close, as Ford looks to move more of its production into mainland Europe.
It will mean a loss of approximately 1,400 jobs in the UK.
The Southampton factory will close in July 2013 and the Dagenham plant will cease production by 2014. It is all part of the new One Ford plan which is aimed at improving Ford’s global products and profit.
The engine plant in Dagenham is due to remain open and will be bolstered by some extra production as it takes on the manufacture of the next generation of 2.0-litre diesel engines, expected to become available in 2016. The engine will be developed at Ford’s R&D centre in Dunton.
The announcement that it will be closing the plants comes after Ford announced plans to open consultations on the possibility of shutting down its factory in Genk, Belgium, which would mean a significant production delay for the next Mondeo.