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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