1. ITV Report

INEOS to create up to 500 jobs in car manufacturing in Bridgend

An artist's impression of what the factory will look like. Credit: INEOS

The company INEOS will be creating up to 500 jobs on a site next to the Ford plant in Bridgend.

INEOS Automotive plans to create its new 4x4 Grenadier vehicle in the town.

It said it will create 200 jobs initially and up to 500 in the long term.

Aerial view of what the plant will look like. Credit: INEOS

INEOS is buying 14 acres of land from the Welsh Government to house its new facility.

Production of the 4x4 is due to start in 2021.

The manufacturer is also in talks with two Wales-based supply companies, which could mean a further boost to the Welsh economy.

INEOS chairman Jim Ratcliffe said he is confident in British manufacturing. Credit: PA

ITV Wales spoke to Ford workers on their way into work and asked them what they thought of the news.

This is a huge vote of confidence in the workforce and economy of Wales at an incredibly challenging time.

Not only is this good news for Bridgend - and I am sure the first of many exciting announcements for the area - but it also proves that Wales remains an attractive place to invest despite ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

Our work to support Bridgend in the wake of Ford’s proposals will not stop here and we will continue to do all we can to attract new business opportunities, to support Ford workers and to ensure an exciting future for the town.

– Ken Skates, Economy Minister

Senior organiser from GMB Union, Mike Payne, also wants to make INEOS coming to Bridgend a success after the closure of the Ford factory.

After months of deeply worrying developments in South Wales’ automotive sector and beyond, this is truly wonderful news for Bridgend County Borough and will help guarantee our region’s place as a leader in this vital industry.

With 200 jobs set to be created in the short-term and significant prospects of expansion in the longer term, INEOS has given automotive workers across our communities the vote of confidence they so rightly deserved. The cutting edge Grenadier 4x4 is now set to be produced by one of the most highly-skilled workforces in the world – and right on our doorstep...

This is particularly welcome given the devastating blow caused earlier this year by Ford’s decision to close its Bridgend plant.

– Chris Elmore MP and Huw Irranca-Davies AM
Credit: INEOS