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1,400 Ford jobs to be cut

Ford has cut 1,400 jobs in the UK as it announces plans to shut its Transit van factory near Southampton and a plant in Dagenham in Essex. The firm has said it hopes to keep compulsory redundancies to a minimum.

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In numbers: Ford restructuring in Dagenham and Southampton

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

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