Honda confirms the closure of its Swindon plant in 2021

Honda Plans To Close Its UK Swindon Factory, Says Report

Honda's fellow Japanese firms Sony, Panasonic and Hitachi are also scaling back their United Kingdom operations. The U.K.'s decision to leave the bloc could create further uncertainty for Japanese companies in Britain.

"While the automotive industry in general is going through a period of transition, and a number of global factors will have played a major part in a decision of this size, the ongoing Brexit uncertainty and looming threat of no deal is one factor that should have been resolved a long time ago". Future product for Europe will be exported from Honda plans in Japan and China, Hachigo said.

Should the Civic hatchback and Type R relocate to North America, two plants seem like likely candidates. European Civic sales stood at 42,308 past year, a six percent rise. Honda stopped building the Accord in Swindon in 2002, it ended Jazz production in 2014, and the last CR-V rolled off the assembly line in 2018.

Honda hasn't revealed what it will do with the site, which is the only plant it operates in Europe.

The UK industry has already been battling Brexit-related slowdown, potential tariffs and supply bottlenecks ahead of the exit from the trade bloc on March 29. The plant will be shut for six days in April.

He pointed the finger at Sunderland for Honda's decision in a Tweet sent yesterday afternoon, shortly after news of the Japanese carmaker's shock announcement emerged.

"Honda has today announced it will restructure its global manufacturing network". The model will go out of production in 2021.

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HONDA has announced that it will close its factory in Swindon, putting 3,500 jobs at risk.

A statement said: "This proposal comes as Honda accelerates its commitment to electrified cars, in response to the unprecedented changes in the global automotive industry. The global automotive industry is facing fundamental changes: technological, commercial and environmental, as well as escalating trade tensions, and all manufacturers are facing hard decisions", Hawes said.

The factory in Swindon, southwest England, which is Honda's only European Union plant, will shut in 2021 "at the end of the current model's production lifecycle", the company said as carmakers worldwide increasingly invest in greener electric vehicles over diesel cars.

Honda says its Swindon auto plant will close with the potential loss of some 3500 jobs.

The move to close the Swindon plant will cut 3,500 jobs, and Honda said consultation activities will begin today for affected employees. After the changes, Honda's global capacity will be trimmed to 5.1 million vehicles and the utilization rate will exceed 100 percent through overtime, Hachigo said. The plant in Turkey now makes 38,000 units per year. "Honda Turkiye A.Ş. will continue to hold constructive dialogue with Turkish stakeholders during this period", the Japanese carmaker said in a statement on February 19.

Honda, which said the decision was based on changes in the global vehicle market, will also stop making its popular Civic saloon at its plant in Turkey from 2021, although it plans to continue its operations in that country, chief executive Takahiro Hachigo told a news conference in Tokyo.

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