New models bring boost to Honda

This Is Wiltshire: New models bring boost to Honda New models bring boost to Honda

Honda’S 3,500 employees saw their job prospects soar yesterday with the announcement that two more models will be built at the South Marston factory.

As well as building the Civic, the Jazz and the CR-V, Honda will also be building their sporty Type R and Civic estate here in Swindon.

The news shows confidence in the town’s workforce from the Japanese HQ at Suzuka – last time they built a Type R here in the town it was so good that it was actually exported from here to Japan when it became a modern motoring icon.

Last week at the Paris Motor Show, Honda Motor Europe’s President Manabu Nishimae confirmed that two new models would be built by Honda but did not say where these two new models would be built. However, yesterday it was confirmed that Swindon would be the factory of choice.

But with the two new Civic derivatives coming on-line next year, the production of a new Jazz will not happen in Swindon. Instead, when the new Jazz generation comes online in 2014 it is more than likely to be built in China and Japan. Honda say they only need two centres of production, but the current Jazz will continue to be built in Swindon for the next couple of years.

Unite’s regional organiser, Jim D’Avila, said: “The Swindon factory definitely put its mark on the Jazz so I am sure that we will all be somewhat sad to see it go.

“However, the models may come and go, but what is important is the volume of the models in ensuring people are fully employed.

“The Civic, regardless of model changes, has always proven to be a very trustworthy and reliable vehicle, selling in large numbers. But we have to look at the bigger, strategic issues and ensure there’s always going to be sufficient work for the people that work there. I think, from what is happening within the business, we can comfortably say jobs are safe and we’ve got no fear of any compulsory reductions.”

At the end of this financial year on March 31, Honda’s production in Swindon will be 182,000 – a figure which is unlikely to change for 2013-14, giving full time work for the Associates in Swindon.

The developments come on the back of Honda’s recent announcement of a £267m investment programme in the South Marston plant which supports the new Civic, new CR-V and a new 1.6 litre diesel engine. These new products are core to Honda’s sales activities in Europe.

Sam Tipper, spokesman for Honda in Swindon said: “We are really pleased that we have chosen to build these new cars, here in Swindon.

“It just shows that we have a great workforce here in Swindon which is respected both here, in Japan and around the world.

“We are not announcing how many models we will be building a week, and as far as jobs are concerned, at this present time we employ 3,500 associates and our plan is for that to remain the same. However the new models will help to ensure regular employment at the factory.”

Paul Briggs, the CEO of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group, said: “Honda have pulled the irons out of the fire again for this area. There’s no doubt that they are one of the best employers in the area. But they also have one of the most talented workforces.”

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8:41am Tue 2 Oct 12

Tonyblairisthedevil says...

Having owned the pervious Type-R which i loved. I hope the new one is as good as the new civic is such an ugly car.. Lets hope they can make it look better than a standard civic and keep the price in line with the new Focus ST....
Having owned the pervious Type-R which i loved. I hope the new one is as good as the new civic is such an ugly car.. Lets hope they can make it look better than a standard civic and keep the price in line with the new Focus ST.... Tonyblairisthedevil

8:43am Tue 2 Oct 12

RichardR1 says...

Let us hope that Jim D’Avila doesn't put his usual stamp of approval by inciting workers to strike over something petty.

More good news is on the horizon as I understand that the entire office workforce of Network Rail currently at Paddington is to relocate to Swindon and to occupy the old Council Offices near to the station.

I understand the staff are to be encouraged to relocate, which will mean a house sales boost and more money for the local economy.

Good news for Swindon with these two events.
Let us hope that Jim D’Avila doesn't put his usual stamp of approval by inciting workers to strike over something petty. More good news is on the horizon as I understand that the entire office workforce of Network Rail currently at Paddington is to relocate to Swindon and to occupy the old Council Offices near to the station. I understand the staff are to be encouraged to relocate, which will mean a house sales boost and more money for the local economy. Good news for Swindon with these two events. RichardR1

9:06am Tue 2 Oct 12

Even Angrier Monkey says...

Tonyblairisthedevil wrote:
Having owned the pervious Type-R which i loved. I hope the new one is as good as the new civic is such an ugly car.. Lets hope they can make it look better than a standard civic and keep the price in line with the new Focus ST....
totally agree. The new type R will have to be something really special to make me want one, as its likely to be hidesously ugly given the car its based on.
[quote][p][bold]Tonyblairisthedevil[/bold] wrote: Having owned the pervious Type-R which i loved. I hope the new one is as good as the new civic is such an ugly car.. Lets hope they can make it look better than a standard civic and keep the price in line with the new Focus ST....[/p][/quote]totally agree. The new type R will have to be something really special to make me want one, as its likely to be hidesously ugly given the car its based on. Even Angrier Monkey

9:51am Tue 2 Oct 12

Dosomethingmutley says...

Great news after the redundancy and down time of the past few years. I worked in the plant for 20 years from 1989, so saw massive construction and investment. There were only 280 or so people then, with only Inspection of imported cars and the Rover built Ballade, along with the newly opened engine plant beginning production.
Only had to leave due to serious ill health. Loved my job, my workmates, the development of the factory and my car. At that time there were nearly 6000 associates over 3 plants.
I wish everyone at Honda all the best during this next phase of production.
Great news after the redundancy and down time of the past few years. I worked in the plant for 20 years from 1989, so saw massive construction and investment. There were only 280 or so people then, with only Inspection of imported cars and the Rover built Ballade, along with the newly opened engine plant beginning production. Only had to leave due to serious ill health. Loved my job, my workmates, the development of the factory and my car. At that time there were nearly 6000 associates over 3 plants. I wish everyone at Honda all the best during this next phase of production. Dosomethingmutley

8:30pm Wed 3 Oct 12

itsamess3 says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Let us hope that Jim D’Avila doesn't put his usual stamp of approval by inciting workers to strike over something petty.

More good news is on the horizon as I understand that the entire office workforce of Network Rail currently at Paddington is to relocate to Swindon and to occupy the old Council Offices near to the station.

I understand the staff are to be encouraged to relocate, which will mean a house sales boost and more money for the local economy.

Good news for Swindon with these two events.
Strange how Network Rail began building a new headquarters in M.K. and plan to move staff from all their offices to there--they began that process in march this year.

Honda will continue to expand--with further news expected early next year.
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Let us hope that Jim D’Avila doesn't put his usual stamp of approval by inciting workers to strike over something petty. More good news is on the horizon as I understand that the entire office workforce of Network Rail currently at Paddington is to relocate to Swindon and to occupy the old Council Offices near to the station. I understand the staff are to be encouraged to relocate, which will mean a house sales boost and more money for the local economy. Good news for Swindon with these two events.[/p][/quote]Strange how Network Rail began building a new headquarters in M.K. and plan to move staff from all their offices to there--they began that process in march this year. Honda will continue to expand--with further news expected early next year. itsamess3

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