Ford celebrates 100 years in UK

The British subsidiary of the Ford motor firm is celebrating 100 years of service in the country.

The car manufacturer provides employment to more than 15,000 people in the UK, while its supplier chain and dealer network support an additional 100,000 jobs.

Together with Ford of Britain's 100th birthday, the company is also marking 100 years of vehicle manufacturing in the country.

Its factories at Bridgend in South Wales and Dagenham in East London together can assemble two million engines every year.

Joe Greenwell, Ford of Britain chairman, said: "Ford of Britain has been in the fabric of the nation for over a hundred years. We have a proud heritage and a bright future.

"Ford of Britain is a major pillar of Ford's global strategy and the new Ford Focus, centrepiece of the centenary, features advanced powertrains developed and produced in the UK."

Dagenham is the capital's largest industrial employer and about 40,000 Ford vehicles are manufactured every year at the Ford Southampton plant.

The 2011 Goodwood Revival will feature a significant number of classic Ford cars. The motoring event is scheduled to take place in September.

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