Japanese automaker Honda is reportedly set to announce the closure of its car plant in Swindon, England with the loss of nearly 3,500 jobs.
On Monday, Sky News reported that Honda will be announcing the closure on Tuesday and that the plant was scheduled to close in 2020. “That’s speculation so we wouldn’t comment on that,” a spokeswoman for Britain’s business ministry said.
Last month, Honda announced a temporary closure of its Swindon plant for six days in April in order to counter any border disruption from Britain’s departure from the European Union.
The Japanese automakers manufactured just over 160,000 vehicles in 2018 at the British factory where it makes the Civic Hatchback and Type R. This makes up just over 10 per cent of Britain’s total output of 1.52 million cars. Honda also ceased manufacturing the CR-V crossover there last year.
Last month, Honda announced a temporary closure of its Swindon plant for six days in April in order to counter any border disruption from Britain’s departure from the European Union. Additionally, the company also stated that it was preparing to distribute production at its plant to ship overseas or build up inventories.
Honda also ceased manufacturing the CR-V crossover in England last year.
This news comes a few weeks after Nissan cancelled plans to build the X-Trail in Britain. Japanese manufacturers such as Nissan, Toyota and Honda add up to roughly half of Britain’s cars. Honda has struggled in Europe and built a majority of components of its cars outside the continent in recent years. For instance, the Civic Type R’s engine is built in Ohio and shipped to Swindon.
It had earlier stated that the production volumes at Swindon would be reduced to 570 cars per day that would also involve job cuts.
“This reduction in volume will not have any impact on our permanent resource levels, and is in line with our current production plans,” the company said earlier this month.