DAGENHAM, England — Ford has decided to move the location of its proposed diesel engine cleanroom, although it will still be located on the Dagenham Estate.
In October, Ford announced the 323,000 square foot (30,000 square meter) state-of-the-art facility would be located on the site formerly occupied by the Ford Foundry. The Clean Room Assembly Hall will now be located on the site currently used for the preparation of ‘knock-down’ vehicle kits for export markets.
Ford officials say the new site will be more cost effective because it utilizes existing building foundations and services.
“This new proposal for the Dagenham Estate builds upon the October 12th plan in that it will result in an even better facility than originally announced. The new Clean Room Assembly Hall location is more cost-effective, has improved logistical synergies with the exisiting Dagenham Engine Plant facility, and provides for greater opportunities for future volume expansion.”
The cleanroom is part of a $600 million, five year investment plan to maintain Dagenham as London;s largest industrial center. Ford hopes to employ more than 5,000 by Q1 2002.