Honda Plans To Close Its UK Swindon Factory, Says Report

Honda is getting ready to announce the closure of its Swindon manufacturing facility in the UK, according to a report from Sky News.

The news site says that the Japanese automaker plans to shut down the British factory in 2022, putting 3,500 jobs at risk. Honda may make an official announcement tomorrow, Tuesday February 19.

If true, Honda’s decision to close Swindon will be a huge blow to UK’s automotive industry, as it accounts for around 10 percent of the country’s total output of 1.52 million vehicles.

What does the plant make?

Honda’s Swindon factory is currently producing the Civic hatchback for the global market, including the US. Factors like the uncertainty over Brexit, the US government’s threat of import tariffs for European cars and the new agreement between Japan and EU over the withdrawal of tariffs on Japan-made vehicles give the automaker plenty of reasons to consider such an option.

The report appears to be confirmed by local MP Justin Tomlinson, who tweeted that Honda’s decision is not based on Brexit but rather on global trends, adding that no job losses or changes in production are expected until 2021.

According to a source close to Honda, the company will retain its European headquarters in Bracknell, UK, as well as its F1 operations.

A decision long in the making

Honda’s UK manufacturing facility used to produce models like the Euro-spec Accord, Jazz (Fit in the US), CR-V, as well as the Civic, but the company has since moved production of these models outside the UK, leaving only the Civic hatchback.

Last month, Honda said that they would shut down the Swindon factory for six days in April in order to prepare for any possible disruptions that may arise from the country’s leaving the European Union.

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  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    I’m guessing they shift production to the Turkish facility that is currently throwing together the Civic Sedan.

    • Salih Ahzem

      That would make sense as it still operates well under capacity.

  • EM1

    Hopefully, they will be made where every Honda product should be made, and that’s Japan.

  • Galaxium

    Free trade is actually good.

    Britain has two ways of producing cars: via their automotive factories as well as producing mineral fuel/oils and parts for reactors. Somehow magically, British producers of mineral fuels/oil and parts for reactors send them to Japan, and then in a few days, you find a bunch of cars with Toyota and Honda badges on British shores.

    If you were to obstruct free trade to protect domestic automotive production, you will then hurt your domestic producers of mineral fuel/oils as well as parts for reactors (for the record, those two items are the top two goods exported by Britain).

    Let’s say Canada produces the cheapest and highest quality maple syrup – does it make sense to obstruct Canadian maple syrup from going to British households?

  • Giannis Antypas

    @waynealancarrheyes:disqus Actually in some 40 days the EU shall be a memory for the UK. Still not explaining why the UK will be losing jobs in 2022.

  • Alduin

    Honda should close their Alliston Canadian plant too. The quality of their cars coming out of there are terrible.

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