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The Challenging World of The Automotive Industry Hits Ford’s Bridgend Plant …
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Hi,

the automotive industry is changing and changing fast.

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For the layman just wander around your car and gently tap the panels and you will soon realise just how much of your car is made of plastic unless of course you have a Ford GT40 from 1965 or a Ford Mustand of 1967!

Lift the bonnet on your engine and you will probably be faced by yet more plastic or compressed cardboard covering much of the engine as the last thing the makers want is people fiddling with anything without the right tools and computer read outs.

For those a little more savvy you will have noted a few years ago Diesel was promoted as a better fuel than petrol in pollution terms and it does seem that it was not until VW were caught fiddling the emmisions read outs that regulators realised they were all to some extent ‘at it’.

Many motor manufacturers have caught a cold basing their plans on diesel engines just as the truth started to leak out about the damaging effects on people of diesel cars. Ford are not alone in this dilemma we have already seen dire announcements from LandRover & Jaguar and the closing of plants at Swindon and the endless sabre rattling of the Nissan plant in Sunderland due to their close ties with France and Renault.

There are now talk that Crysler may well merge with Fiat and already they have withdrawn their offer to buy Renault.

Change in a large industry like cars, with some 186K direct employees and some 850,000 employed indirectly, when it happens is not only fast but brutal.

Jaguar/Landrover were wise not to blame their woes on BreXit as all could see it was a problem resultant from a series of poor management decisions and a failure to keep abreast of the market.

Ford is suffering much the same problem and for largely the same reasons as Jaguar/Landrover. However Ford with some 13K employees in Britain in looking to lay off 10>15% of its labour force were I feel obviously going to target their Bridgend site.

That said we have not even considered the research & developement of Hybrid electric cars or the futures electric driverless cars, without considering the difficulties caused by the imposition of Welsh in both education & increasingly in everyday life – actions that are driving inward investment elsewhere & costing jobs as poverty increases in Wales sand the skilled are leaving for better jobs.

Closure of Bridgend Ford

Commenting following the announcement of the closure of Bridgend Ford with the loss of 1,700 jobs, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Business, Russell George AM, said:

“After an extended difficult period of uncertainty for workers in Bridgend, today’s announcement was the last news we were hoping for.

“The Welsh Government must act swiftly now to support the workers of the area, and to reassure the world that Wales continues to be a place of automotive excellence.

“With the Bridgend site closing in late 2020 the next step is to attract new business opportunities to the area for these skilled workers.”

Assembly Member for South Wales West, Suzy Davies AM, has spoken of her sadness over the closure of Bridgend Ford.Speaking after the announcement, she said:

“This is terrible news for the employees of Bridgend Ford and is a devastating blow for the whole area.

“It is crucial today that appropriate support is made available for affected employees during this difficult time. My thoughts are with the families involved, and I intend to extend my full support to those in need throughout the coming months.

“I implore the Welsh Government to do everything within its power to ensure retraining is available to these extremely skilled workers, and to help them find alternative employment with the utmost urgency.”

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Concerns voiced from Shadow Cabinet over Bridgend Ford reports

Ford Bridgend union bosses are fearing for the future of the south Wales plant after being called to attend a meeting at the manufacturer’s headquarters tomorrow.

Commenting on the reported threat to jobs in the area, with 1,700 currently employed at the site, Assembly Member for South Wales West, Suzy Davies AM, said:

“It’s going to be a very long night for the people of the Bridgend area, and my thoughts are with staff and their families at this stressful time.

“While we wait for further news, I urge the Welsh Government to break its silence on this matter, and give some reassurance to staff that there is a support network around them from the government.”

Shadow Minister for Business, Russell George AM, added:

“The threat to this large and established Welsh employer is very worrying news for the people of south Wales.

“The Welsh Government must move quickly to reassure the automotive business community that Wales is an attractive place to come to set up and stay in. It should be doing more to support Ford during this time.

“I only hope tomorrow doesn’t bring the speculated bad news for workers, after an already bad week for the business community of Wales following the Welsh Government’s rejection of the M4 relief road”.

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Regards,
Greg_L-W.

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in the interest of accuracy material in the main text in blue was written by someone other than myself.

When in black text the wording ‘Welsh Language’ means the ‘Language of the peoples of Wales’ and is therefore the majority language ie ‘English’

The ancient language of parts of Wales, varied as it is, as spoken by a tiny minority in Wales is called ‘Welsh’ or ‘the ancient Welsh language’

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