Train builder Adtranz has reaffirmed its commitment to manufacturing in the UK, despite plans to cut 600 out of its 4,200-strong British workforce.
Speaking to The Engineer this week, Adtranz chief executive Per Staehr said the job cuts reflected the changing nature of the market from refurbishment to manufacturing.
Most job losses will be among staff nearing completion of two refurbishment contracts signed two and four years ago.
Staehr expects the bulk of refurbishment work to dry up after this as a result of the Government’s decision to withdraw all Mark 1 rolling stock – old `slam-door’ trains – by the end of 2004. This date is two years earlier than the industry expected.
`If you’d asked me two years ago what the future market would be like I would have said it would mostly be refurbishment,’ he said.
`But a large chunk of older rolling stock is going to be scrapped so that has changed. We can no longer employ these people.’