Ford: Why we're closing Southampton - the official statement

Ford: Why we're closing Southampton - the official statement

Ford: Why we're closing Southampton - the official statement

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In just a short statement of 122 words Ford bosses sounded the death knell for the for the Southampton Transit factory.

In a statement released this afternoon they confirmed proposals to shut down the Swaythling site and as well as part of its massive Dagenham plant.

It also said all job losses would be voluntary redundancies with staff offered redeployment to another site.

The full Ford statement:

“Ford will continue to develop its UK operations as a centre of excellence for powertrain development and production. A new, next-generation, low-CO2 2.0-litre diesel engine is to be built in Dagenham that will power future Ford vehicles from 2016. The new engine will be designed and engineered at the Dunton technical Centre in Essex. As part of the restructuring of its European operations, Ford plans to close two facilities in the UK in mid-2013 – its vehicle assembly plant in Southampton, which builds the current Transit, and its stamping and tooling operations in Dagenham, which supplies the Southampton assembly plant and other plants. All UK separations are to be voluntary: affected employees in Southampton and Dagenham will be redeployed or offered separation terms”.

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2:27pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Stillness says...

I'll blame Thatcher. Before southy does.
I'll blame Thatcher. Before southy does. Stillness
  • Score: 1

3:55pm Thu 25 Oct 12

lordflood says...

No the reason you are closing this plant,is the government in Turkey own the factory. Fords only pay for the van when it comes off the end of the line.Because of this there are a lot more employees to build the van. Southampton have always built the better van. So Fords wins hands down. We were informed of this years ago.But nothing was ever done about it.
No the reason you are closing this plant,is the government in Turkey own the factory. Fords only pay for the van when it comes off the end of the line.Because of this there are a lot more employees to build the van. Southampton have always built the better van. So Fords wins hands down. We were informed of this years ago.But nothing was ever done about it. lordflood
  • Score: 1

4:38pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Stillness says...

lordflood wrote:
No the reason you are closing this plant,is the government in Turkey own the factory. Fords only pay for the van when it comes off the end of the line.Because of this there are a lot more employees to build the van. Southampton have always built the better van. So Fords wins hands down. We were informed of this years ago.But nothing was ever done about it.
Can I point out that it's not me closing it despite lordfloods post? Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]lordflood[/bold] wrote: No the reason you are closing this plant,is the government in Turkey own the factory. Fords only pay for the van when it comes off the end of the line.Because of this there are a lot more employees to build the van. Southampton have always built the better van. So Fords wins hands down. We were informed of this years ago.But nothing was ever done about it.[/p][/quote]Can I point out that it's not me closing it despite lordfloods post? Thank you. Stillness
  • Score: 1

4:47pm Thu 25 Oct 12

chipsceola says...

It's game set and match for Ford, what's important now is what happens to this very large and strategically placed site.

What ever the future use it has scope to employ many, many more than the current 500 workers.

Let's now hear from Hants., Eastleigh and Southampton Councils about their plands and timescales for the redevelopment. It's not like it's unexpected, the propspect of closure has existed for several years.

Chipsceola.
It's game set and match for Ford, what's important now is what happens to this very large and strategically placed site. What ever the future use it has scope to employ many, many more than the current 500 workers. Let's now hear from Hants., Eastleigh and Southampton Councils about their plands and timescales for the redevelopment. It's not like it's unexpected, the propspect of closure has existed for several years. Chipsceola. chipsceola
  • Score: 1

7:19pm Thu 25 Oct 12

lordflood says...

(Stillness) Didn't know i was blaming you for the closure. NO THANK YOU!!!
(Stillness) Didn't know i was blaming you for the closure. NO THANK YOU!!! lordflood
  • Score: 0

7:19pm Thu 25 Oct 12

lordflood says...

(Stillness) Didn't know i was blaming you for the closure. NO THANK YOU!!!
(Stillness) Didn't know i was blaming you for the closure. NO THANK YOU!!! lordflood
  • Score: 0

7:40pm Thu 25 Oct 12

westendsaint says...

chipsceola wrote:
It's game set and match for Ford, what's important now is what happens to this very large and strategically placed site.

What ever the future use it has scope to employ many, many more than the current 500 workers.

Let's now hear from Hants., Eastleigh and Southampton Councils about their plands and timescales for the redevelopment. It's not like it's unexpected, the propspect of closure has existed for several years.

Chipsceola.
Houses, houses,

& even more,

HOUSES
[quote][p][bold]chipsceola[/bold] wrote: It's game set and match for Ford, what's important now is what happens to this very large and strategically placed site. What ever the future use it has scope to employ many, many more than the current 500 workers. Let's now hear from Hants., Eastleigh and Southampton Councils about their plands and timescales for the redevelopment. It's not like it's unexpected, the propspect of closure has existed for several years. Chipsceola.[/p][/quote]Houses, houses, & even more, HOUSES westendsaint
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Thu 25 Oct 12

dave_gravey says...

There is way more than 500 people employed at and in support of the factory in the Southampton area, only 500 work for Ford at stage.
Lots of jobs and operations were 'outsourced' to reduce costs in order to continue to compete with the cheap imports initially from Belgium but more recently from Turkey, an uphill battle and a struggle that can now be seen was impossible win.
There is way more than 500 people employed at and in support of the factory in the Southampton area, only 500 work for Ford at stage. Lots of jobs and operations were 'outsourced' to reduce costs in order to continue to compete with the cheap imports initially from Belgium but more recently from Turkey, an uphill battle and a struggle that can now be seen was impossible win. dave_gravey
  • Score: 1

7:45pm Thu 25 Oct 12

dave_gravey says...

There is way more than 500 people employed at and in support of the factory in the Southampton area, only 500 work for Ford at this stage.
Lots of jobs and operations were 'outsourced' to reduce costs in order to continue to compete with the cheap imports initially from Belgium but more recently from Turkey, an uphill battle and a struggle that can now be seen was impossible win.
There is way more than 500 people employed at and in support of the factory in the Southampton area, only 500 work for Ford at this stage. Lots of jobs and operations were 'outsourced' to reduce costs in order to continue to compete with the cheap imports initially from Belgium but more recently from Turkey, an uphill battle and a struggle that can now be seen was impossible win. dave_gravey
  • Score: 1

8:18pm Thu 25 Oct 12

arthur dalyrimple says...

perfect site for a las vegas type mega casino and large convention centre for rock bands etc,maybe a ice rink,sno dome.
perfect site for a las vegas type mega casino and large convention centre for rock bands etc,maybe a ice rink,sno dome. arthur dalyrimple
  • Score: -1

8:21pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Pettle says...

Centre of excellence, means people with degrees, and using British brains to build in other countries. Not good. The site needs to be retained for manufacturing, and in this vehicle sector. The Government has a policy for building on brown field, and all manufacturing sites are probably seen as future brown field sites, which is a very pre 2007 type of thinking, and it's wrong.
Centre of excellence, means people with degrees, and using British brains to build in other countries. Not good. The site needs to be retained for manufacturing, and in this vehicle sector. The Government has a policy for building on brown field, and all manufacturing sites are probably seen as future brown field sites, which is a very pre 2007 type of thinking, and it's wrong. Pettle
  • Score: 0

6:18am Fri 26 Oct 12

Pettle says...

1 manufacturing job supports 4 other jobs.
1 manufacturing job supports 4 other jobs. Pettle
  • Score: 1

9:26am Fri 26 Oct 12

Mr Price says...

Very Sad day for all the employee's and I do feel for them..Southamapton over the last decade has lost so much in the manufacturing industry..STC, BAT, AC DELCO, BACARDI MARTINI, VOSPERS, FORDS .......Sorry to say its sign of the times GREED.
Very Sad day for all the employee's and I do feel for them..Southamapton over the last decade has lost so much in the manufacturing industry..STC, BAT, AC DELCO, BACARDI MARTINI, VOSPERS, FORDS .......Sorry to say its sign of the times GREED. Mr Price
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Sat 3 Nov 12

Pettle says...

The European Investment Bank has granted an £80 million loan to Ford, to enable them to develop Transit production in Turkey. This is why the Southampton factory is to close!! we've funded this closure. I hope we can **** in hell!
The European Investment Bank has granted an £80 million loan to Ford, to enable them to develop Transit production in Turkey. This is why the Southampton factory is to close!! we've funded this closure. I hope we can **** in hell! Pettle
  • Score: 1

5:28pm Sat 3 Nov 12

Pettle says...

I actually corrected the 'w' to a 'W', for we've. What is going on!?
I actually corrected the 'w' to a 'W', for we've. What is going on!? Pettle
  • Score: 1

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