Kenwood cuts jobs as it decamps to China

Kenwood Appliances has announced further job losses as it transfers almost all of its remaining manufacturing operations to China. Only its flagship range of Kenwood Chef food processors and water filters will still be made in the UK. The company has cut its workforce from 1,200 in 1997 to under 300 as it has stripped […]

Kenwood Appliances has announced further job losses as it transfers almost all of its remaining manufacturing operations to China.

Only its flagship range of Kenwood Chef food processors and water filters will still be made in the UK.

The company has cut its workforce from 1,200 in 1997 to under 300 as it has stripped out its vertically integrated manufacturing operations. These included metal stamping, die-casting, plastic moulding and printing.

Kenwood will close its 5ha site in Havant, Hampshire with the loss of 260 jobs, and relocate its remaining production and headquarters to a new site in the area by the end of 2000.

In a separate move, its specialist turned-parts engineering business in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight will be sold to the management team for £1.1m.