Downturn forces another UK car plant to cut output

Honda plans cut in production at its Swindon factory, in the wake of cuts announced by other auto groups

Car production is to be cut at another UK plant due to the economic downturn, with Japanese group Honda reducing work at its its Swindon factory by 10 per cent.

However, the company said there would be no job cuts as a result of the reduction, which will be carried out between January and March 2009.

Honda said annual manufacturing at its Swindon plant would be reduced by 10,000 units at the beginning of next year.

This is on top of the 22,000-vehicle reduction announced at the end of the summer and is equivalent to 11 non-production days at Swindon, where Honda still intends to start producing the Jazz model in autumn 2009 as planned.

Another Japanese auto group in the UK, Nissan, has already said it is reducing production at its Sunderland plant.Other car companies that have announced production cutbacks in Europe include Peugeot Citroen, Chrysler and Daimler.

In addition, UK employees were hit this week by the announcement of job losses by car and aircraft parts company GKN. 

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