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Report - Ford Transit Assembly Plant - Southampton - Nov 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by TrevBish, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. TrevBish

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    The Ford Southampton plant was a motor vehicle assembly plant, located in Swaythling on the north eastern outskirts of Southampton, England. It was the western European home to the production of the Ford Transit van. The last vehicle was produced on 26 July 2013, ending Ford's 100 plus year vehicle assembly history in the UK.
    The plant, located on a 44-acre (180,000 m2) site near to Southampton Airport, was built as a shadow factory to assemble aircraft components for engineering firm Cunliffe-Owen Aircraft, opened by the Mayor of Southampton on 2 February 1939. At the outbreak of World War II, its whole supply chain was switched to produce parts for the Supermarine Spitfire. Recognised as an important part of the British war effort, it was bombed on a number of occasions by the Nazi Luftwaffe, the first in September 1940. In the latter years of the war, the site was used to assemble the Spitfire.

    In early 2011, Ford of Europe confirmed that Southampton would continue to make the short and medium wheelbase, and Tourneo minibus versions of the Transit until the end of 2011. Production of these units was then consolidated to Turkey in 2012, while Southampton was to continue as the European centre for the chassis-cab variant of Transit, with production ramped up to 35,000 units a year.

    On 26 October 2012 Ford announced that, as part of a larger cutback of their European production capacity, the Southampton factory would close altogether in July 2013, with production for Europe of all the new Transit models shifted to Ford Otosan in Kocaeli. The last Transit went into production on 15 July 2013 and rolled of the production line on 26 July. Workers who have not either accepted redundancy or early retirement, are being redeployed to either:

    New £12M distribution centre at Southampton Docks
    A new vehicle refurbishment plant at the existing site, employing 134 staff
    Ford's other UK factories manufacturing engines at Bridgend or Dagenham.


    I have heard that the area of the site you see in my pictures will be demolished by next Christmas and is slowing being decommissioned and the other half of the site is currently being converted ready to start refurbishing Transits. Apparently during the week the site is still home to a few hundred people!

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  2. Speed

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    Nice to see a few more photos, theres lots more to see here, That last pic is great!
     
  3. TrevBish

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    Yeah it is a massive site! Thanks for the heads up on this place! Been on my door step for a couple of years but never really looked until your post last week!
     
  4. Wevsky

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    Nice pics mate,and yeah that last shot is mental
     
  5. morse

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    didn't see this first time around. what an amazing place!
     
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    Didn't fancy the paintshop then?
     
  7. TrevBish

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    Nope not this time. Ran out of time so a revisit is on the cards. At least we got to see a few different parts like the Transit.
     
  8. Speed

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    You were welcome to go there mate but id appreciate a little respect for what we are trying to do here. (ie. help people like yourself see it!)
     
  9. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    It looks like it could start up production tomorrow...
     
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    It's all over Facebook and blogs now. Moved to public.
     
  11. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    If I'm honest, I'm surprised it didn't happen earlier than this, given who's done it :p
     
  12. mattdonut

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    Fucking arseholes doing it for the Facebook likes
     
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  13. Speed

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    Thing is, i posted this in November and how many of you lot have gone and filled in some of the gaps? As good as no one! Might have well have whored it on facebook on day one myself really
     
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    Just do that then, instead of having a go at everyone.
     
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  15. TrevBish

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    On that note. I will start posting it on Facebook now! Lol
     
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