Honda to plough £267m into town plant

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Honda will plough £267m into its Swindon plant in the single biggest investment in one of its UK manufacturing bases in more than decade.

The cash injection will support the roll out of the new Civic and CR-V, with 500 staff already recruited and trained to deliver the models.

The Japanese car giant, which employs a total of 3,500 people at the plant in South Marston , is also introducing a 1.6 litre diesel engine for the Civic. Business secretary Vince Cable will visit the 370-acre site today at the launch of the European version of the CR-V. He is scheduled to take part in a tour of the works and watch the first cars come off the line.

Prime Minister David Cameron owns an earlier model of the CR-V, which he has called a “beautiful machine”.

He has also credited Honda with contributing to a “real renaissance” in the UK automotive industry.

Production at the plant is forecast to be double last year’s figure, by up to 183,000 units by the end of the year. Honda aims to increase that figure to 250,000 units per year before 2015.

By the end of November 500 CR-Vs will be produced by the factory daily.

The new Civic rolled off the line in December.

Dave Hodgetts, managing director of Honda UK, said: “This investment programme underpins Honda’s commitment to manufacturing in Britain and to our UK workforce.

“It reaffirms the Swindon plant’s position as the cornerstone of Honda’s European operations, as it has been for the past 25 years.”

The announcement is good news for the UK balance of trade with 60 per cent of the production going to export. The plant produces cars and engines for over 60 countries around the world, including Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australia.

Honda has invested more than £1.5bn in its Swindon manufacturing operation to date and also produces the Jazz in the town. The plant was hit by supply difficulties due to the flooding in Thailand last year, which led to hours being reduced in the run-up to Christmas.

Some employees will also work fewer days over the next few months due to a system used by Honda which forecasts production against demand. But associates work on a balance of hours which is topped up when demand is strong, ensuring they are paid in full for each week.

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8:44am Thu 6 Sep 12

dc the 2nd says...

Great news, well done all the HUM folks.
Great news, well done all the HUM folks. dc the 2nd
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9:02am Thu 6 Sep 12

MrBstard says...

Nice one :)
Nice one :) MrBstard
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9:19am Thu 6 Sep 12

candid friend says...

Council insiders- and the EA- know that David Kent-CE of Thamesdown persuaded Honda to come to Swindon, and give up their alternative possible locations of Milton-Keynes and South Wales.( They would have got substantial grants to go the Wales.)
This must be the most significant inward investment in Swindon since the GWR, and has provided employment for staff displaced from the Railway and elsewhere.
He also delivered the Unitary Authority for Swindon after a 20 years campaign.
Despite all this-the adver commented on this at the time of his early retirement-he was forced into early retirement, because the Labour Leader at the time was hoping to become CE of the new Unitary Authority.
This has all come from insiders with a knowledge of what happened at the time.
It is claimed that the Leader applied for the C.E.'s post-having resigned as Leader-but was refused a place on the shortlist because"He lacked appropiate qualifications and experience"
It is a sad affair when capable officers are ousted because of the Hubris of temporary Leaders ,and reflects no credit on the Labour Group.
Independent observers like myself will be interested to see if Labour revert to type-when they have a majority-or to quote a memorable phrase"Like the Bourbons' they have forgotten nothing, and learned nothing"?
Council insiders- and the EA- know that David Kent-CE of Thamesdown persuaded Honda to come to Swindon, and give up their alternative possible locations of Milton-Keynes and South Wales.( They would have got substantial grants to go the Wales.) This must be the most significant inward investment in Swindon since the GWR, and has provided employment for staff displaced from the Railway and elsewhere. He also delivered the Unitary Authority for Swindon after a 20 years campaign. Despite all this-the adver commented on this at the time of his early retirement-he was forced into early retirement, because the Labour Leader at the time was hoping to become CE of the new Unitary Authority. This has all come from insiders with a knowledge of what happened at the time. It is claimed that the Leader applied for the C.E.'s post-having resigned as Leader-but was refused a place on the shortlist because"He lacked appropiate qualifications and experience" It is a sad affair when capable officers are ousted because of the Hubris of temporary Leaders ,and reflects no credit on the Labour Group. Independent observers like myself will be interested to see if Labour revert to type-when they have a majority-or to quote a memorable phrase"Like the Bourbons' they have forgotten nothing, and learned nothing"? candid friend
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1:52pm Thu 6 Sep 12

house on the hill says...

Really good news for Swindon and the workforce who have performed so well that Honda made the investment. Lets hope it gets noticed that you can expand and have a great business in Swindon.
Really good news for Swindon and the workforce who have performed so well that Honda made the investment. Lets hope it gets noticed that you can expand and have a great business in Swindon. house on the hill
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2:18pm Thu 6 Sep 12

dc the 2nd says...

candid friend wrote:
Council insiders- and the EA- know that David Kent-CE of Thamesdown persuaded Honda to come to Swindon, and give up their alternative possible locations of Milton-Keynes and South Wales.( They would have got substantial grants to go the Wales.)
This must be the most significant inward investment in Swindon since the GWR, and has provided employment for staff displaced from the Railway and elsewhere.
He also delivered the Unitary Authority for Swindon after a 20 years campaign.
Despite all this-the adver commented on this at the time of his early retirement-he was forced into early retirement, because the Labour Leader at the time was hoping to become CE of the new Unitary Authority.
This has all come from insiders with a knowledge of what happened at the time.
It is claimed that the Leader applied for the C.E.'s post-having resigned as Leader-but was refused a place on the shortlist because"He lacked appropiate qualifications and experience"
It is a sad affair when capable officers are ousted because of the Hubris of temporary Leaders ,and reflects no credit on the Labour Group.
Independent observers like myself will be interested to see if Labour revert to type-when they have a majority-or to quote a memorable phrase"Like the Bourbons' they have forgotten nothing, and learned nothing"?
this isnt about party politics.
[quote][p][bold]candid friend[/bold] wrote: Council insiders- and the EA- know that David Kent-CE of Thamesdown persuaded Honda to come to Swindon, and give up their alternative possible locations of Milton-Keynes and South Wales.( They would have got substantial grants to go the Wales.) This must be the most significant inward investment in Swindon since the GWR, and has provided employment for staff displaced from the Railway and elsewhere. He also delivered the Unitary Authority for Swindon after a 20 years campaign. Despite all this-the adver commented on this at the time of his early retirement-he was forced into early retirement, because the Labour Leader at the time was hoping to become CE of the new Unitary Authority. This has all come from insiders with a knowledge of what happened at the time. It is claimed that the Leader applied for the C.E.'s post-having resigned as Leader-but was refused a place on the shortlist because"He lacked appropiate qualifications and experience" It is a sad affair when capable officers are ousted because of the Hubris of temporary Leaders ,and reflects no credit on the Labour Group. Independent observers like myself will be interested to see if Labour revert to type-when they have a majority-or to quote a memorable phrase"Like the Bourbons' they have forgotten nothing, and learned nothing"?[/p][/quote]this isnt about party politics. dc the 2nd
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6:16pm Thu 6 Sep 12

redrobin says...

My God Canded friend !! What a boring person you are. Your comments are total trash and have no meaning to the subject.
You sound like an old women who just moans for a living.
You state that it has been claimed ? Well this is just a way of making up bull.
Sounds like your a ex or present councillor so maybe you should concentrate on your daily matters ie roads lighting schools nhs etc oh and one other thing !! If you are a councillor Why dont you cut the grass any more as swindon now looks like an overgrown cesspit.
My God Canded friend !! What a boring person you are. Your comments are total trash and have no meaning to the subject. You sound like an old women who just moans for a living. You state that it has been claimed ? Well this is just a way of making up bull. Sounds like your a ex or present councillor so maybe you should concentrate on your daily matters ie roads lighting schools nhs etc oh and one other thing !! If you are a councillor Why dont you cut the grass any more as swindon now looks like an overgrown cesspit. redrobin
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8:18pm Thu 6 Sep 12

localgirl80 says...

I was one of the 500 recently employed there. Phew its **** hard work but there is a satisfaction that goes with it. Hope I will be taken on permanently after my contractual period - will certainly secure my families future !
I was one of the 500 recently employed there. Phew its **** hard work but there is a satisfaction that goes with it. Hope I will be taken on permanently after my contractual period - will certainly secure my families future ! localgirl80
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10:24am Fri 7 Sep 12

RichardR1 says...

Great news for Honda workers. Not such good news though for Jaguar/LandRover, with a new plant to be built in China.

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/business-19510
174
Great news for Honda workers. Not such good news though for Jaguar/LandRover, with a new plant to be built in China. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/business-19510 174 RichardR1
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8:06pm Fri 7 Sep 12

itsamess3 says...

Deary me Bob--you continue to give only half the story--you seem to have missed out the £370m being invested in the Solihull plant--quite an expansion it would seem.
Deary me Bob--you continue to give only half the story--you seem to have missed out the £370m being invested in the Solihull plant--quite an expansion it would seem. itsamess3
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1:29pm Sun 9 Sep 12

Pompey-Bound says...

Messy with all the packing that he has to do in short order he doesn't have time to read the full story. Leaving in a hurry is the word on the street.
Messy with all the packing that he has to do in short order he doesn't have time to read the full story. Leaving in a hurry is the word on the street. Pompey-Bound
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