Warning of manufacturing meltdown in Wales

A union has expressed concern about the future of manufacturing in Wales, after a decision by 3M to cut 185 jobs at its Gorseinon, Swansea, plant due to falling orders.

The decision by American multinational 3M follows the proposed closure of a Bridgend plant by Kimball Electronics, with the potential loss of 190 jobs. The US-owned plant may relocate to Poland.

Pointing to fears of a ̶0;manufacturing meltdown̶1; in Wales, Andy Richards, regional secretary of the Unite union, said: "We are now facing a critical situation for manufacturing in Wales as more companies leave in the search of cheaper labour costs in Eastern Europe and Asia.̶1;

In another major blow for Wales, steel group Corus is set to axe 290 jobs at one of its plants because of "difficult market conditions" in the tinplate industry, the company said. The decision will affect the Trostre works in Llanelli, south Wales.

Corus began a formal consultation process over the job losses, which the company said were aimed at making a "sustainable position" of the packaging steels operation at Trostre.

Image: 3M are the latest company to cut Welsh jobs

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