Honda announces 800 job losses at Swindon plant

Honda is to cut around 800 positions at its Swindon manufacturing facility in the UK in a move that has been attributed to low demand in European markets.

In a statement, Ken Keir, executive vice-president at Honda Motor Europe, said: ‘Honda remains fully committed for the long term to its UK and European manufacturing operations. However, these conditions of sustained low industry demand require us to take difficult decisions.’

Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT, said: ‘The decline in European new car markets and uncertain growth prospects has forced a number of vehicle manufacturers to restructure their operations.

‘There is demand for skilled workers in the automotive industry and other high-value manufacturing sectors. We hope that those affected will be able to take advantage of the opportunities we know exist throughout the UK sector and its supply chain.’