Bedwas aluminium factory facing closure and 132 job losses
11:30am Monday 4th November 2013 in News
A BEDWAS aluminium extrusion factory has today announced it faces closure, putting 132 jobs at risk.
Sapa Profiles UK has begun consultation with its employees and unions on the proposal to close its Bedwas site, which makes aluminium extrusions, building systems and precision tubing.
A statement read: “The overall market in the UK for aluminium solutions has changed significantly over the last few years and as the market leader, Sapa has to react accordingly to remain competitive and maintain quality with short delivery times.”
During this period the background to the company’s proposal will be explained and any alternatives to closure which can be identified will be explored.
Alan Couturier, Managing Director of Sapa Profiles UK, said: “In light of the change to market conditions, our commitment to continue manufacturing in the UK remains strong.
“We believe that there is a need in the UK for a quality producer that can provide a level of service exceeding current customer expectations. Achievement of this goal is paramount in our future strategy.
“We recognise the impact that this announcement will have on our colleagues at Bedwas. We very much hope that we can find alternatives to the proposal to close and will put every effort into doing so.”
During the consultation period priority will be given to mitigating the impact of the proposal on the employees. Should the proposal to close proceed, Sapa will “strive to provide all opportunities possible for future employment”.
Both customers and employees will be kept informed of the developments at every stage of the process.
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