Tier 1, Mann + Hummel, will close UK plant, 230 Jobs lost, production will move to EU.
Tier 1 supplier Mann+Hummel will close its West Midlands based, auto parts manufacturing facility, affecting 230 jobs. The manufacturing operations are expected to be fully closed by the end of 2022.
“Over the past months, several opportunities have been presented and evaluated to improve the plant’s competitiveness. Unfortunately, we concluded that savings or other measures could not offset the dramatic decline in volume. We know that the decision to close the plant will be more than difficult for our employees, and we are committed to work in close cooperation with our negotiation partners,”
said Marco Heck, senior vice president for operations Europe automotive systems.
Mann+Hummel said the decision to close the W.Midlands plant is due mainly to a difficult market environment, lower manufacturing volume, and throughout Europe, the entire automotive industry is undergoing a structural transition. The UK is also not ideally placed for supplying EU based OEMs, as it will no longer be in the customs union from January 1st 2021, there are simply too many unknowns for European suppliers to have confidence to maintain operations in the UK, used to supply EU based OEMs.
The firm is shutting the manufacturing site based at Hilton Cross Business Park, near Wolverhampton.
Mann+Hummel has been at the business park since 1996, initially creating 150 jobs from a £13 million investment in the 11-acre site to produce air filters that were supplied to the European motor industry. All manufacturing will be relocated within the EU.
Mann+Hummel, headquartered in Ludwigsburg, Germany, was established in 1938. It employs more than 20,000 at 80 locations around the globe, it will still have a UK footprint as it opened a 5,500 sq metres distribution site at nearby Vernon Park next to the M54 in 2012. This will continue to operate to supply components in the UK for UK based OEMs and after market.