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WELSHMEN step into new FORD Bridgend roles


BRIDGEND, South Wales, Ė Fordís Bridgend engine plant has made two new appointments as it heads for a record annual output of 800,000 power units.

Emrys Davies takes over as manufacturing and plant engineering manager and John Oldham becomes a production area manager at the plant where both started their Ford careers.

They report to Bridgend plant manager Bob Murphy, who said: ďEmrys and John bring a wealth of experience to their roles at an important time in the plantís 27 years history.Ē

A native of Builth Wells, Emrys started his career at Ford Bridgend in 1979, just before the plant was commissioned, as a tooling engineer. After spells in manufacturing engineering and product design, including time with Ford in Cologne, Germany, he returned to Bridgend in 1996 as quality manager. Emrys lives in Ogmore.

John joined Ford at Bridgend in 1978 as an electrician and was a shift leader when he left 20 years later. He went to Ford Swansea as a production team manager and, in 2002, John was appointed plant manager by Visteon, which had taken over the site. A native of Port Talbot, he lives with his family in Carmarthen.
Fordís Bridgend engine plant produces four, six and eight-cylinder units for the company, employing around 1,800 people. The plantís output is on target to top a million engines a year by 2009.


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