Car industry suffers fresh blow as Honda announces six-day shutdown

Time 7:49 am, January 11, 2019

THE car industry has suffered a third blow following the news of job cuts by Jaguar Land Rover and Ford with Honda announcing six non-production days in April.

As reported by Car Dealer, JLR is to reduce its 44,000-strong workforce by 4,500 under plans to make £2.5 billion of cost savings. Ford then signalled ‘significant’ cuts among its European workforce of 50,000 under plans to make it more competitive and make its business more sustainable.

Honda subsequently announced the six non-production days under contingency plans to mitigate the risk of disruption to production at its Swindon factory after Brexit.

The Japanese manufacturer said: ‘Honda has been assessing how best to prepare for any disruption caused by logistics and border issues following the UK leaving the EU on March 29.

‘To ensure Honda is well placed to adjust to all possible outcomes, we are planning six non-production days in April.

‘This is to facilitate production recovery activity following any delays at borders on parts. These contingency provisions have been put in place to best mitigate the risk of disruption to production operations at the Swindon factory.’

MORE: No-deal Brexit would cost Honda tens of millions, says European boss


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