9:50 pm January 17, 2019
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A manufacturing unit in Suffolk using about 500 individuals is to be shut down and Brexit is blamed.
A manufacturing unit in Suffolk using about 500 individuals is to be closed, with some staff pointing fingers at Brexit.
Philips Avent introduced that it plans to maneuver most operations from its manufacturing unit in Glamsford, close to Sudbury, to its innovation and manufacturing web site in Drachten within the Netherlands, with the rest shifting to Indonesia.
Staff have been informed there can be a “full web site shutdown” subsequent yr and an worker counseling course of would start subsequent month.
One employee, who didn’t want to be named, mentioned they have been informed the closure was a part of a broader technique to cut back the variety of websites: “Ninety % of the products we make are exported exterior the UK. Is. We have been additionally informed that there was a further issue within the Brexit choice, it was an element.
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Leanne Hoffman, 34, of Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich, who works as an operator, mentioned the information, although unhappy, was not a shock.
“I hoped it will be in two or three years as a substitute of subsequent yr,” she mentioned.
“Lots of people have been crying. Lots of the plant staff have households to feed and it will be actually exhausting for them.
“I am British so it isn’t troublesome for me to search out one other job, however loads of different staff aren’t frightened and frightened as a result of they can not communicate English very effectively in order that they’re frightened about discovering a brand new job.”
Philips UK and Eire chief government Neil Mesher informed the East Anglian Each day Occasions that the shutdown was a part of a broader world technique and would have been made “no matter Brexit”.
He mentioned he believed the proposed scheme would have a “profound affect” on allies working on the Glamsford web site and its manufacturing presence within the UK.
“The timing of the announcement is hard, however whatever the state of affairs with Brexit we’ll nonetheless make that announcement,” he mentioned.
“We all know we have now been doing this since 2017. We’re consolidating our operations from 50 to 30 bigger websites, and merchandise made in Glamsford shall be made in Holland and Indonesia sooner or later.
“We have now introduced the proposal after cautious consideration, and over the following interval, we’ll work carefully with affected companions on the following steps.
“Philips has an extended, established historical past of serving clients inside the UK, and we’re dedicated to them. The UK is a crucial marketplace for us, and we’ll proceed to spend money on our industrial group and innovation applications within the nation.”
Native MP James Cartledge mentioned he was “extraordinarily saddened” to listen to concerning the shutdown and would communicate to Mr Mesher concerning the choice.
He mentioned: “I’m proud to be such a profitable model in my constituency, to export worldwide and to be a market chief within the US.
“Now that nice model is shifting to the EU, and all these exports will go to the US from Holland, not Suffolk. I’m shocked and it’s my need to keep up strain to maneuver ahead in a wise approach that prioritizes British trade. strengthens the resolve.”
The Suffolk Firm started as Canon Rubber, a household enterprise manufacturing scorching water bottles, in 1936.
It created the sub-brand ‘Avent Naturally’ in 1984 to launch a brand new sort of child bottle that was smaller with a wider neck.
The corporate was acquired by Philips in 2006.
It employs 430 full-time contract staff in Glemsford, and lots of others are employed not directly by an company.
Philips Avent modified the employment company it used earlier this month from OSR Recruitment in Norwich to Randstad Options Ltd., primarily based in Luton.
The transfer resulted in lots of staff complaining that that they had misplaced their trip pay and different advantages.
Mr Mesher mentioned the choice to terminate the contract with OSR had nothing to do with the choice to shut the Glamsford manufacturing unit.