Initial production at the Dagenham and Bridgend engine plants will restart from 18 May
The two UK engine plants will join the Valencia engine plant in Spain, which also restarts production next week, in completing the return to work of all Ford’s European manufacturing facilities. A limited number of employees have continued to work on the UK sites over recent weeks to ensure the ongoing provision of critical services. In addition, nonproduction employees whose roles require specialist equipment only available onsite, started to return to work in greater numbers from 4 May.
A comprehensive set of Ford global standards on social distancing and employee health and safety actions are being implemented across the UK facilities and the company also will provide all employees with a personal “care kit”. The care kits include disposable face masks, reusable thermometer and other hygiene items.
Ford says it will continue to build ventilator sub-assemblies for the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium. The facility used in the assembly of the ventilators is separate from the main engine plant buildings at Dagenham and has no impact on engine production.