Car giant Ford has expressed disappointment after Jaguar Land Rover confirmed it is ending an engine contract three months earlier than planned.
Around 50% of the plant is dedicated to JLR production and when asked about potential job losses, a Ford spokesperson said:
The deal to supply engines from Ford's plant at Bridgend in South Wales will now end in September 2020 rather than at the end of that year.
Around 145,000 engines are built in Bridgend for JLR out of an annual total of around 650,000.
Ford said in a statement:
Doubts were raised in September last year over the future of the engine plant when Ford almost halved a planned investment from £181m to £100m. As a result, the company revealed plans to let 1,160 jobs go over the next four years.
Responding to today’s confirmation by Ford that Bridgend will cease to produce engines for Jaguar Land Rover earlier than expected Unite Wales Secretary Andy Richards said: