Huge Ford investment in Halewood site to manufacture electric vehicle components
Auto giant Ford is to invest £ 230million in one of its UK factories to manufacture components for electric vehicles, which will give the auto industry a huge boost.
The company said the Halewood plant in Merseyside will be “transformed” to build power supply units for future Ford all-electric passenger and utility vehicles in Europe.
Halewood will be Ford’s first in-house electric vehicle component assembly site in Europe, with production starting in 2024 – and the move preserves hundreds of jobs.
Ford has pledged that all of its passenger vehicles will be fully electric and two-thirds of its sales will be fully electric or plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles by 2030.
Production of power units at Halewood is expected to begin in mid-2024, with a planned capacity of around 250,000 units per year.
Ford said the investment is subject to, and includes, government support through its Auto Transformation Fund.
Stuart Rowley, President of Ford Europe, said: “This is an important milestone, marking Ford’s first internal investment in the manufacture of all-electric vehicle components in Europe.
“This further strengthens our ability to deliver 100% of Ford passenger vehicles in Europe fully electric and two-thirds of our sales of fully electric or plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles by 2030.
“We would also like to thank the UK government for supporting this important investment in Halewood, which reconfirms Ford’s continued commitment to the UK and our position as a leading investor in the automotive industry and the technological base of this country.
Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “This investment is great news for Halewood’s highly skilled workforce as it secures the future of the plant.
“It is absolutely imperative that the government does not view this investment as a one-time investment, but supports similar programs to ensure that the entire UK auto industry experiences a smooth transition in the transition to building electric vehicles. “
Unite National Officer Des Quinn added: “Unite is absolutely dedicated to protecting the jobs, wages and conditions of all of our members and strives to ensure that similar projects are adopted across the country. UK’s world-class automotive sector.
Ford said Halewood was chosen to supply the powertrains, which replace the engine and transmission of a conventional gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle, given its excellent track record of quality, competitiveness and solid foundation. skills and employee engagement.
Halewood currently manufactures transmissions for a number of Ford passenger and utility vehicles and exports all of its production.
Ford is one of the UK’s largest exporters, exporting engines and transmissions from its facilities to more than 15 countries on six continents – with overseas sales generating around £ 2.5bn per year .