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Honda's Swindon plant to shut for six days after Brexit

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Honda Civic Type R Honda Civic Type R One of Swindon's biggest employers will shut for six days in April as part of its preparations for any disruption caused by the UK's departure from the European Union.

Car giant Honda, which employs around 3,500 workers at its South Marston plant, said the shutdown would help in recovering lost production if shipments of parts were held up at borders.

In a statement, the Japanese-owned company said: "Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd has been assessing how best to prepare for any disruption caused by logistics and border issues following the UK leaving the EU on 29 March 2019.

"To ensure Honda is well placed to adjust to all possible outcomes, we are planning six non-production days in April 2019.

This is to facilitate production recovery activity following any delays at borders on parts.

"These contingency provisions have been put in place to best mitigate the risk of disruption to production operations at the Swindon factory."

The Swindon plant produces the 10th generation Civic model and the Civic Type R for the global market, with around half being sold in Europe. Honda says that up to 790 cars are made each day on the production line – one every 69 seconds.