Advanced manufacturing

Timeline: Honda in Swindon

February 19, 2019
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Timeline: Honda in Swindon

1980: Honda enters into a venture with State-owned British Leyland (BL) to build cars in the UK, starting a year later with the Triumph Acclaim, body panels for which are made at BL’s plant in Stratton, Swindon. 1985: After negotiations staged in great secrecy, Honda acquires the disued 370-acre former Vickers airfield at South...

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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Industry expert view

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Industry expert view

Warwick Business School professor of strategic management Christian Stadler, an expert on the car manufacturing industry, said the announcement was a huge blow to the British automotive industry – and insisted that Brexit must have been a factor in Honda’s thinking. “The headline figure is currently 3,500 job losses, but thousands more workers across...

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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Full company statement

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Full company statement

Honda released the following statement this morning: “Honda has today announced it will restructure its global manufacturing network. This restructure comes as Honda accelerates its commitment to electrified cars, in response to the unprecedented changes in the global automotive industry. “The significant challenges of electrification will see Honda revise its global manufacturing operations and...

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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Union reaction

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Union reaction

The Unite union, which has members among Honda’s 3,500-strong workforce, described the closure as a “shattering body blow” to UK manufacturing – and laid the blame firmly on the government’s approach to Brexit. It also said it would fight to retain production at the plant.  National officer for the automotive sector Des Quinn said:...

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Honda confirms plan to close Swindon plant: Local business reaction

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms plan to close Swindon plant: Local business reaction

Swindon business leaders were today united in voicing sympathy for Honda workers and their families affected by the plant closure – but said the town’s vibrant economy meant it would bounce back from such a blow. The end of car and engine manufacturing at Honda’s 370-acre South Marston site by 2021 with the loss...

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Honda confirms plan to close Swindon plant: Political reaction

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms plan to close Swindon plant: Political reaction

Political reaction to Honda’s shock decision to close its huge Swindon plant with the loss of all 3,500 jobs has been swift – and sharply divided over whether it is linked to Brexit. North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, whose constituency includes the plant, yesterday denied the move was linked to the UK’s upcoming departure...

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Breaking news: Honda confirms shock Swindon plant closure

February 19, 2019
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Breaking news: Honda confirms shock Swindon plant closure

Japanese car giant Honda this morning confirmed it is to axe its Swindon manufacturing plant in 2021 with the loss of all 3,500 jobs. The closure will be a devastating blow to Swindon’s economy, with the impact likely also to be felt in Honda suppliers in and around the town and other firms reliant...

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Breaking news: Honda set to announce closure of Swindon plant with 3,500 job losses

February 18, 2019
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Breaking news: Honda set to announce closure of Swindon plant with 3,500 job losses

Japanese car giant Honda is understood to be preparing to announce the closure of its massive Swindon plant with the loss of all 3,500 jobs – dealing a devastating blow to the town’s economy and putting it firmly at the heart of the ongoing row over the impact of Brexit on British manufacturing. Reports...

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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s ethical businesses

February 14, 2019
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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s ethical businesses

The region’s most ethical organisations will be celebrated next month when the South West Fair Trade Business Awards are staged for the seventh year. Tickets are selling fast for the ceremony on March 8, which will be hosted by Countdown presenter Nick Hewer and takes place in Bristol’s magnificent Arnos Vale cemetery heritage site. ...

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CBI warns post-Brexit immigration policies could stop West firms recruiting enough workers

February 12, 2019
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CBI warns post-Brexit immigration policies could stop West firms recruiting enough workers

Firms across the West of England could face “severe difficulties” in employing enough staff to stay in business if government post-Brexit plans to restrict overseas workers come into effect, according to the CBI. An immigration visa system now under consultation could prevent firms employing workers on salaries of less than £30,000 for more than...

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