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Ford at Bridgend can have a bright future believes Economy Minister Ken Skates despite decision to scale back new engine project

Sion Barry | wales online | 7 september 2016

PA Consulting Group's Tim Lawrence, head of manufacturing, is quoted in an article in Wales Online. The article looks at Ford’s UK investment plans following the announcement that it is reducing the scale of its investment in a new generation of petrol engines at Bridgend, South Wales, from 2018.

Tim says that the UK decision to leave the EU was likely to have an effect on Ford, underpinned by the fact that most of its cars are built in Spain and Germany.

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He goes on to say: “Those two plants [Bridgend and Dagenham in the UK] are on the risk list, given the shift towards electric powertrains in the long-term.

“I would envisage that Ford management are looking at their manufacturing decisions in light of the Brexit vote."

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