Winning a contract to build a new 4×4 has not been able to procure all the jobs at risk at Ford Bridgend, according to one of the UK’s leading automotive industry experts.
A decision is imminent for purposes of determining whether Ineos Automotive will construct its brand-new off-road vehicle in Portugal or Bridgend – where 1,000 responsibilities by 2021 are under threat.
But Aston University’s Prof David Bailey said the contract would create no more than a few hundred responsibilities.
Ford has been asked for the following statement.
Prof Bailey, who has written extensively on car industry programme and strategy and has acted as a special an adviser to a cross-party group of MPs, said Ineos’s plan was recognized by some as a “vanity project”.