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Ford confirms plan to cut 1,700 jobs and close UK Bridgend plant

Christian Fernsby |
Ford Motor confirmed Thursday it plans to close its Bridgend engine plant in South Wales in September 2020.

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The company said the decision to begin talks with unions on the closure is part of its business strategy for Europe.

“Changing customer demand and cost disadvantages, plus an absence of additional engine models for Bridgend going forward make the plant economically unsustainable in the years ahead,” Ford of Europe President Stuart Rowley said in a statement.

Ford’s Bridgend plant employs 1,700 people. It has been Bridgend's biggest private sector employer for almost 40 years.

The company said it would remain a “major employer” in the U.K., even after the closure of the Bridgend plant.

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