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Southampton Ford Transit factory to close. 25/10/12

Fears over the closure of the Ford Transit factory in Southampton have been borne out today with reports that it is to close with the possible loss of around 500 jobs.

In addition to the Southampton factory, it was also announced that the stamping plant at Dagenham in Essex would also be closing with the loss of a further 1000 jobs.

The Southampton factory has been making the iconic Ford Transit van since the early seventies and has produced an estimated 6 million Transits during this period.

"This is devastating news for the workforce in Southampton and Dagenham. It's also devastating news for UK manufacturing," said the Unite union's national officer, Justin Bowden.

The closure is apparently due to the re-structuring of Ford's European operation, after estimates suggested that it could lose £630m this year.

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