Ford are to invest £230m at their Halewood plant in Merseyside to make electric vehicle components. The car giant will transform their Halewood plant to build electric power units for future Ford electric vehicles in Europe.
The power unit production in Halewood will start in mid-2024 with a capacity of around 250,000 per year.
Stuart Rowley, president of Ford of Europe, said, “This is an important step, marking Ford’s first in-house investment in all-electric vehicle component manufacturing in Europe.
“It strengthens further our ability to deliver 100% of Ford passenger vehicles in Europe being all-electric and two-thirds of our commercial vehicle sales being all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030.
“We also want to thank the UK Government for its support for this important investment at Halewood which reconfirms Ford’s continuing commitment to the UK and our position as a leading investor in this country’s auto industry and technological base.”
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “This investment is excellent news for the highly skilled workforce at Halewood as it secures the future of the plant.
“It is absolutely imperative that the Government does not see this investment as a one-off but supports similar schemes to ensure the entire UK automotive industry experiences a smooth transition in the move to build electric vehicles.”
Unite national officer Des Quinn added, “Unite is absolutely dedicated to protect the jobs, pay and conditions of all our members and is working to ensure that similar projects are adopted throughout the UK’s world class automotive sector.”