Honda plans to cut 800 UK jobs
London, January 12, 2013
Japanese carmaker Honda plans to cut around 800 jobs at its plant near Swindon in southwest England due to falling demand for its vehicles across mainland Europe.
The company, which makes the Civic, Jazz and CR-V models at the South Marston plant near Swindon, said on Friday it would enter into formal consultation with staff over the cuts which would likely take place in the second quarter of 2013.
Honda employs some 3,500 staff at the South Marston plant, which produced around 150,000 vehicles last year. The plant has the capacity to make 250,000 cars annually.
Last year Honda expected a surge in demand and hired 500 workers and invested £267 million ($430 million) in the Swindon plant. However, the expected increase in demand failed to materialise, with Honda's sales in mainland Europe, especially Spain and Greece, falling by around a million in the past year.
Ken Keir, Honda Motor Europe's executive vice-president said the company needed to "realign the business" but was committed to Britain for the long-term.-Reuters