Speculation was mounting this week that jobs may be at risk at Case’s Doncaster tractor plant, after a takeover of the site’s US parent by Fiat-controlled New Holland in a $4.3bn deal.
Case’s Doncaster plant and New Holland’s Basildon site, which both export some 85% of production, have been hit by the strong pound and a slump in tractor markets.
One option is to transfer combined production to New Holland’s Basildon site, the biggest tractor plant in Europe. It built 32,000 tractors last year, compared with Case’s 17,000 units.
A New Holland spokesman refused to comment on whether the company could absorb the production of Case’s Doncaster plant at Basildon.