Honda: Rebecca Long-Bailey says factory closure is 'devastating'
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Around 200 of the 3,500 employees will be kept on temporarily to oversee the wind-down of the plant. It is estimated that the closure of the Swindon plant will affect as many as 10,000 jobs in the supply chain.
This comes just two years after Honda announced a global restructuring, which included the closure of Honda of the UK Manufacturing.
In the 36 years that Honda were in Swindon, it’s estimated it manufactured around 6.7 million cars.
This was due to “unprecedented changes in the global automotive industry”.
It is also just four months since Panattoni was confirmed as the new owner of the Swindon site.
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Honda, along with all other major car manufacturers, was massively affected by the need to adapt to electric vehicles.
A spokesperson for Honda told Driving.co.uk that retooling the Swindon plant to accommodate electric cars would make less business sense than updating its plants.
Jason Smith, Director of Honda of the UK Manufacturing, commiserated with the employees at the closure of the plant.
He said: “Today is a sad day as we bring production operations to a close, but I’m confident our associates share my pride in everything we have achieved during our time in Swindon.
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“I am incredibly moved by the dignity and pride displayed by our associates throughout the last two years.
“I’d like to thank them all for their continued hard work and dedication in what has been an incredibly emotional time for us all.”
Swindon was announced as the global production hub for the Honda Civic in 2019.
It was previously the global hub for the manufacture of the massively popular Honda Jazz, Accord and CRV.
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