Restructuring of Ford's UK operations will see investment in a new diesel engine range at the Dagenham plant, which will mean:
- Combined engine output from Dagenham to remain around one million
- 2,000 high-value engineering/manufacturing jobs supported
- 3,500 engineering, design, admin and support jobs supported at Dunton
The Southampton Plant will end commercial vehicle production in July 2013:
- Currently employs around 500
- Has been operating single shift since 2009
- With annual production of under 30,000 – less than 50% plant utilisation
A Ford statement said its job cuts would affect "about 13 percent" of its European workforce:
It added that it hoped to achieve the reductions "through voluntary means":
Ford has confirmed the closure of its Transit van factory in Southampton and its stamping and tooling site in Dagenham, Essex, with the loss of 1,400 jobs.
A statement outlining changes to its European facilities said:
It follows yesterday's announcement that it also plans to close its factory in Genk, Belgium.
Ford has confirmed the planned closures of its factory in Southampton and a plant in Dagenham, with job losses totalling 1,400.
Ford's plant closure in Southampton has been raised in the House of Commons, during an exchange between the MP for Romsey and Southampton North, Caroline Nokes and the Leader of the Commons, Andrew Lansley.
Mrs Nokes called for a debate on this "serious matter" which affects members of her constituency and surrounding others.
Ford is to close its Southampton plant on July 26th, 2013, some workers have told ITV Meridian.
They said they had been told there will be "no compulsory redundancies" and have been promised "generous voluntary redundancy, and relocation packages".
The Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton, Caroline Nokes, has said the closure of Ford's Transit van factory would be a "bitter blow" for Southampton.
Mrs Nokes met the Business Minister Michael Fallon today and said she will do all she can to offer support to the workers set to lose their jobs.
Earlier today, Ford workers in Southampton were interviewed by ITV Meridian ahead of the news that their plant could close.
They had already feared the worst for themselves, and future generations in the city.
Southampton City Council leader, Richard Williams, has described the news that Ford will be closing its Southampton Transit plant as “dreadful”.
He told the Daily Echo: “It is yet another kick in teeth for UK and Southampton plc