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Milestone for Ford's Bridgend factory

Ford engines being built on the production line at the Bridgend factory Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

The Ford factory at Bridgend has built its 20-millionth engine, 37 years after the first one was produced.

The company hailed the achievement weeks after announcing it will be cutting back on future investment.

Ford is reducing investment in a new engine at Bridgend from £181 million to £100 million, but says there will be no redundancies.

Bridgend has a proud record of high-quality engine production and I'm delighted to celebrate this significant milestone with the team that builds them.

Today the plant builds a range of high-tech EcoBoost products, and we continue to invest in Bridgend, with the plant confirmed to build the next generation of fuel-efficient petrol engines.

– Linda Cash, Ford of Europe's vice president of manufacturing

Car sales up

Ford says its Bridgend plant supports 10,000 jobs. Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

The number of new cars sold sold last month was up on last year with the Ford Fiesta the most popular.

The Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders says 162,228 cars were registered.

It was the 17th successive monthly increase.

The workforce of around 2,000 at Ford's Bridgend plant make the 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine for the Fiesta.