The Japanese car manufacturer Honda confirms that it is closing down its car factory in England in 2021. Thus, up to 3,500 employees can lose their jobs.
The Honda management announced the closure at a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. The operations at the Swindon factory will be closed in 2021, after the production of the current model has been completed.
In a press release, the car manufacturer draws on its ambitions to step up the production of electric cars, as a result of the rapid development of the global automotive industry.
“The major challenges facing the electricity industry make Honda revise global production and prioritize regions where higher production volumes are expected,” the press release said.
“We have not taken this decision lightly, and we are very sorry that this announcement makes our employees uneasy,” said Honda Motor Europe chief executive Katsushi Inoue.
The factory in Swindon is Honda’s only in the EU, and it has produced 150,000 Civic models annually for over 24 years. Earlier this month, Nissan announced that they were canceling their plans to produce their X-Trail SUV at the UK’s largest car factory. The car manufacturer stated the uncertainty surrounding brexit, as the reason behind the decision.
However, Conservative politician Justin Tomlinson, elected to the Swindon Parliament, has claimed that Honda’s decision is not linked to brexit.
– I’ve already talked to Honda. They have been clear that the decision is based on global trends and not brexit. All European production will be merged in Japan in 2021, writes Tomlinson on Twitter.
Car manufacturer Ford has also gone out earlier and announced that employees must be prepared to lose their jobs at English factories.