Valeo proposes to close two UK sites

Valeo, a leading UK automotive supplier, plans to close two of its UK production sites situated in Worksop, Derbyshire and Gorseinon, near Swansea.

The Worksop site – known as Labauto – manufactures wiring harnesses for PSA and employs 250 people. The Gorseinon site manufactures heating and air-conditioning equipment, principally for MG Rover and General Motors, employing 330 people.

The company management is in consultation with employees to discuss the proposals and all the possible alternatives.

The Group explained that the planned closures were the result of a significant drop in car manufacturing volumes, combined with certain customers’ decisions to transfer production to other locations. These factors mean that it is no longer economically viable to continue production on these two sites.

Valeo is an independent industrial Group fully focused on the design, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for cars and trucks, and ranks amongst the world’s top automotive suppliers.

The Group has 175 plants, 41 R&D centres, 10 distribution centres and employs 75,000 people in 25 countries worldwide.

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