Ford Creates 318 Jobs at Dagenham Diesel Assembly
Despite the fact that clean diesel has not yet taken off in the United States (because get your act together, America), Ford is investing 190 million GBP (approximately $306 million USD) into its Dagenham Diesel Assembly facility in order to create 318 jobs as it ramps up production of clean diesel engines.
The investment is a part of an overall 1.5 billion GBP that Ford is investing in engines that produce fewer emissions and are more efficient for drivers, reports Bloomberg. A small percentage of the investment (around 8.9 million GBP) will be provided by the government.
“I welcome Ford’s commitment to Dagenham and the U.K., which is a vote of confidence in our long-term economic plan to back business, create more jobs and secure a brighter future for Britain,” Prime Minister David Cameron said. “We are backing our automotive sector so that it continues to thrive.”
Ford previously committed 287 million GBP to the Dagenham Diesel Assembly, which just recently produced its three millionth small diesel engine—a 1.5-liter TDCi akin to that which will appear in the 2015 Focus, Mondeo, C-Max, and Grand C-Max.
Ford says that Dagenham will produce 350,000 clean diesel engines for commercial vehicles beginning next year. By 2017, it will add 150,000 annual units for passenger cars.
“From pencil line to production line, these engines will be fully designed and built in the UK, securing the future of the plant at Dagenham and creating over 300 new jobs,” said Business Secretary Vince Cable.