Ford British Centenary

Ford of Britain turns 100 today.

Ford of Britain turns 100 today.

That’s right: a century in the U.K.

In addition to which, it has been the market leader in cars for 34 years running and the leader in commercial vehicles for 45.

Henry Ford established the Ford Motor Company (England) Limited in London, as the first Ford company to be established outside of North America. By October, 1911, the company was producing Model Ts in what had been a tram works in Trafford Park, outside of Manchester.

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In 1928 Henry Ford initiated construction what was described at the time as the “Detroit of Europe,” the Dagenham facility in East London. The first vehicle built there was a Ford AA truck in October 1931.

Today the Dagenham plant is London’s largest industrial employer. That plant and the one at Bridgend in South Wales have the combined capacity to produce two-million engines per year. Other Ford powertrain facilities in the U.K. are in Dunton in Essex and Halewood near Liverpool. Some 40,000 Ford Transits are produced at the Ford Southampton plant.

The 100-year anniversary is one that few companies ever get to realize.

Congratulations to Ford.