Labour MEP for Wales, Derek Vaughan, has made his first, key visit to the Ford Bridgend Engine Plant on Friday, 04 December 2009.
Mr Vaughan met Plant Manager designate Kieran Cahill, Human Resources Manager Stuart Townson, Plant Controller Paul Clement and Launch Manager Nick Reed, who shared their vision for the site with Mr Vaughan.
The plant employs around 2,000 people and is preparing for the introduction of the new EcoBoost SCTi engine next year. Mr Vaughan saw this first hand in the plant’s prototype room, as well as meeting some of the launch team members and taking in the AJ 133 V8 engine lines and meeting assembly workers.
Being a member of the Transport and General Workers Union section of Unite, Mr Vaughan also made sure he met the Joint Works Council there.
Mr Vaughan was impressed with what he saw on his trip.
"I think it is a fantastic plant, a flagship plant and key to the economy of Bridgend. It remains one of the companies in Wales which is producing world class products and putting Wales on the map.
It also shows Ford competing well in a European marketplace and as such, I want to do all I can to promote the good work being done here and ensure the plant’s long term future."