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Ford Motor Company Bordeaux Transmission Plant – Blanquefort, France

The Ford Motor Company Bordeaux Transmission plant is a transmission manufacturing facility born out of a joint venture between Ford and Getrag. Established in 1972, the plant, which is now shut down, is located in Branquefort, France.

Very much like the Ford Motor Company Halewood Transmission plant in the UK, the Bordeaux transmission plant had 50/50 split ownership between Getrag and Ford. The facility oversaw the production of the the Ford BC-series of manual transmissions for over three decades, including the IB5 five-speed manual transmission found in vehicles like the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and European-market Ford Fusion.

In 2019, Ford announced that the facility would close its doors due to its massive European restructuring strategy, laying off more than 800 workers.

This page shows information about the Ford Motor Company Bordeaux transmission plant.

Quick Facts

Year opened1972
Facility size1,557,807 square feet (144,725 m2)
Land occupied161 acres
LocationBlanquefort, France
Hourly employeesN/A
Salaried employeesN/A
Total employees850


TransmissionsProduction Years
Ford BC Series manual transmissions1972 - present

Historical Timeline

  • 1972: the Ford Bordeaux transmission plant opens as a joint venture project between Ford and Getrag. The Ford BC-series manual transmission is born, which will make its way into a wide range of front-wheel-drive applications for over three decades.
  • 2019: Ford announces the shutdown of the Bordeaux transmission plant due to a massive restructuring of its European operations.


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