Thompson announces the safeguarding of 80 jobs

Engineering firm Thompson has announced its future is secure now that plans to move its UK manufacturing plant to North America have been revised.

The decision to retain its headquarters in Halesowen, West Midlands, and safeguard the jobs of more than 80 staff follows the completion of a strategic review of its operations by owner Kuka Systems.

’After a thorough review of our automation and mechanical engineering businesses and consideration of a number of options, it has been decided to maintain Thompson’s manufacturing facility in the UK,’ said Larry Drake, president and chief executive officer of parent company Kuka Systems.

The announcement coincides with the news that the friction welding machine manufacturer has secured new orders.

The contracts include a trio of multiple machine orders for customers in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The machines will be used to join components for car and truck makers, construction vehicle manufacturers, as well as producers of mineral and gas-exploration equipment.