Commercial vehicle conversions partner MS-RT is to establish a new £4m facility at Ford’s Dagenham plant.
The new facility is intended to provide work for more than 50 new employees when it opens in 2022, rising to more than 120 new jobs when fully operational, and will meet increasing customer demand for the company’s vehicle conversions.
It will be located in an existing building at Ford Dagenham, providing the opportunity for MS-RT to expand its business while enabling easier access to Ford technical expertise in Dagenham and at the nearby Ford Britain Dunton Campus.
MS-RT’s existing facility in Pontypool, South Wales will continue to operate with no loss of jobs.
The Ford Pro conversions specialist creates distinctive models based on Ford’s leading commercial vehicle nameplates and has been a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) since 2020.
MS-RT vehicles are inspired by 40 years of motor racing experience on and off the track with its partner, M-Sport, and products include the Ford Transit Connect MS-RT; the Ford Transit Custom MS-RT; and the Ford Ranger MS-RT.
Paul Baynes, manager, Marketing and Sales – Ford Pro Vehicle Solutions, Ford of Europe said: “This latest Ford and MS-RT cooperation supports Ford’s vision of expanding business opportunities at Ford Dagenham in addition to continuing to produce advanced technology diesel engines and builds on our plan to grow our market presence through strategic relationships with key vehicle converters.
Edward Davies, MS-RT’s founder and director added: “We are delighted to be building on our partnership with Ford by opening a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Ford Dagenham.
“The new site will drive innovation, expand our manufacturing capability, and further strengthen our collaboration with Ford.”