A call on whether or not a brand new off-road automotive will likely be made by Ineos Automotive in Bridgend is anticipated inside days following a board assembly this week, BBC Wales understands.
It’s believed Ford in south Wales is in competitors with a web site in Portugal to construct the brand new Land Rover Defender.
A UK authorities letter seen by BBC Wales emphasises “unrivalled company tax help”.
It additionally highlights the abilities of the native workforce.
Signed by Enterprise Secretary Greg Clark and Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns, the letter commits them “to discover precisely how the UK would possibly help you on this thrilling alternative”.
It factors to the “wealthy and distinctive heritage” the UK has in automotive manufacturing together with the Land Rover Defender.
Ford employs 1,850 folks at its Bridgend plant, although there have been considerations for its long-term future because it stops producing engines for Jaguar Land Rover in 2020.
There have been issues with industrial relations on the manufacturing facility and paperwork beforehand leaked to BBC Wales confirmed the price of producing engines was considerably greater than at Ford’s Dagenham plant.
These supporting Bridgend’s bid for the work hope that Ineos has been satisfied that the state of affairs has improved on the web site.
UK company tax has been reduce from 20% in 2015 to the present fee of 19% and will likely be additional decreased to 17% by 2020. Company tax in Portugal is 21%.
The Land Rover Defender is being resurrected by Ineos, after going out of manufacturing in 2016.