Confirmed: Honda to close UK factory in 2021

It’s official – Honda has verified that its Swindon factory is to close. The plant, which employs 3,500 people, will shutdown when the existing Civic goes out of production in 2021.

Honda first revealed strategies to close the factory, which creates 150,000 Civics each year (much less than its 250,000-car capacity), in February. It states that after a “meaningful as well as robust consultation procedure” entailing the UK federal government as well as unions, it has actually concluded that there are “no feasible choices” to the closure of the plant.

The business states the decision to shut the manufacturing facility comes “in reaction to modifications to the automotive sector”. A declaration said “Honda is increasing its electrification plans, and because of this sources, capabilities and production systems for amazed lorries will certainly be focused in regions with a high volume of client demand.”

All afflicted staff were alerted of Honda’s decision yesterday morning. The business will currently start a procedure that entails “concurring associate redundancy plans and also recognizing the influence on specific duties”. It will certainly also deal with a federal government task force to “to alleviate the effect of this decision on the bigger area”.

Review our assessment of the factors behind Honda’s decision below