Ford Bridgend marks two engine production milestones

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The occasion was marked by Ford Athlete Ambassador Aled Davies (right) and Paralympian Nathan Stephens (second left). 

Bridgend Engine Plant (BEP) in Wales, UK, has built its 19-millionth engine, 35 years after production began in May 1980.

Earlier this year the plant also produced its eight-millionth small capacity petrol Duratec engine, since ‘job one’ at Bridgend in May 1998.

These two significant landmarks were celebrated by Ford Bridgend’s 2,200-strong workforce, alongside Ford Glasgow 2014 Athlete Ambassador Aled Davies, whose father has worked at the plant for 35 years. They were joined by Paralympic athlete Nathan Stephens, whose father, Barrie, is also a BEP employee.

Bridgend Engine Plant manager Ian Pearson said, “We have a proud record of high-volume engine production at Bridgend and we’re delighted to celebrate two significant milestones with the team that builds them.

“The Duratec engine has been produced here for 17 years and is exported across the globe. This is built alongside Ford’s very latest technology – our EcoBoost products – which provide ultra-low emissions and excellent fuel economy, refinement and performance.”

Ford Bridgend supplies petrol engines for Ford vehicles around the world, including the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost, available on the new Ford Focus, Ford Kuga, Ford Mondeo and Ford S-MAX models. The existing 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine used to power the multi-award-winning Ford Fiesta ST is also built at the plant.

More than 700,000 engines were built at Bridgend last year alone, 80% of which were exported. A large number of these engines are exported across the Atlantic; more than 620,000 engines produced at Bridgend have been exported to the United States and Mexico since production began, with more than 75,000 so far this year, as of April 30, 2015.

May 28, 2015

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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