Rolls Royce will cut the number of employees in its Inchinnan factory in Scotland by a fifth

Rolls-Royce to cut 200 jobs at Scottish aerospace plant

Rolls-Royce has announced reducing the number of employees working in its aerospace factory in Renfrewshire in Scotland by a fifth, cutting about 200 jobs.

The management said it has been forced to make the decision regarding the Inchinnan factory by challenging market conditions and ‘limited opportunities’ to bring in new work.

The announcement follows a decision to close Rolls-Royce's East Kilbride plant next year and transfer all production to Inchinnan.

"We need to ensure our business remains competitive and has the right scale for today's market and workload,” said Chris Cholerton, executive vice president of the company's compressor components arm.

"It is never an easy decision to propose reductions in our workforce, but it is a sign of the increasingly competitive market in which we operate that such actions are necessary.”

Rolls Royce has invested more than £85 million at Inchinnan to make it a state of the art facility.

The company has said it will try to achieve most of the planned redundancies through voluntary arrangements.

"The Scottish Government and its agencies will continue to work closely with Rolls-Royce to ensure all possible support is given to secure further work and safeguard jobs,” a Scottish Government spokeswoman said about the situation.

"We stand ready along with our agencies to provide all possible support to those affected by today's announcement through our PACE initiative," she added

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