It’s Official: Honda Will Shut Down UK Swindon Plant In 2021

As expected, due to the strong possibility of a no-deal Brexit, there’s more bad news for the United Kingdom and its automotive industry as Honda has confirmed plans to close its Swindon plant in 2021.

Following yesterday’s reports, Honda has gone official with an announcement regarding the restructuring of its global manufacturing network. According to the press release, the move comes as the company “accelerates its commitment to electrified cars, in response to the unprecedented changes in the global automotive industry.”

“The significant challenges of electrification will see Honda revise its global manufacturing operations, and focus activity in regions where it expects to have high production volumes,” reads the press release. Surprisingly, there’s no mention of Brexit whatsoever, but considering that automakers have from the first moment warned about the adverse impact on their local production, this does seem to be the most likely reason.

As a result, Honda has informed its UK employees that it intends to close the Swindon vehicle manufacturing plant in 2021 when the current models’ production lifecycle ends. The UK plant is the global production hub for the tenth-generation Civic, building both the Civic hatchback and the Civic Type R performance variant.

This will no doubt be a huge blow to the UK automotive industry, as Honda’s Swindon plant currently manufactures 150,000 cars per year and employs approximately 3,500 people. Honda said consultation activity with potentially affected employees will begin today. And while they won’t build cars in the UK from 2021, Honda’s European headquarters will still be based on the UK.

In addition to the closure of the Swindon plant, Honda’s global restructuring plans involve its operations in Turkey. The company said it would stop making the Civic Sedan at its Gebze plant in 2021. However, the release says that they intend to continue its business operations there, where they currently produce 38,000 vehicles per year.

According to the carmaker, “Honda Turkiye A.S. will continue to hold constructive dialogue with Turkish stakeholders during this period.”

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  • Giannis Antypas

    Well when businesses announce they intend to close down their local production operations, they would hardly make any political statements. Thus it comes as no surprise that it is not in Honda’s interests to openly get involved into a divisive political debate, on the contrary.

  • EM1

    Turkey is dangerous state

  • DMJ

    I hope that UK and brexiters serve as an example to the dangers of populism all over the world.
    Nissan will follow sooner or later, and let’s see what Toyota does too.

    • Knotmyrealname

      Yes, we should follow and obey the corrupt elite class.
      “Baa, baa”

      • DMJ

        I hope that you are british (I’m not). You will feel the weight of Brexit on your life. The rest of us will continue living with the “corrupts”. LOL

        • Knotmyrealname

          Enjoy your travels to the New World Order. Do as they say, and everything will be OK. Baaa….

          • exeptor

            I understand your position for BREXIT (and respects it), but the perception that you are living in the land of freedom is seriously delusional.

          • Knotmyrealname

            I never said Britain was, but it now has more freedom than being tied to the United States of Europe.

        • EM1

          Britain for the British

  • Fled

    Swindon voted (~55%) to leave the EU. Seems appropriate.

    • exeptor

      This doesn’t mean that people who are working on the factory actually vote with YES. I guess some did, but we can’t be sure abut majority of them. I strongly doubt that there were no discussions about the possible outcome form BREXIT related to this specific factory.

      Plus – BREXIT might just be a perfect excuse for moving back to Japan now when Japanese manage to make a good “no import tax” deal with EU.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    i hope all vauxhalls are made in germany or france by closing the ellesmere port plant

    • Why?

      • designer_dick

        He’s factually incorrect in assuming the Astra will be made in either Germany or France, but Ellesmere Port produced fewer than 80,000 cars last year, which means PSA will probably want to consolidate production at the Gliwice plant in Poland, which already produces the Astra in addition to other models, and won’t be subject to any tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

  • Christian

    WHat else do we get from Turkey ? OHH ya, the fiat Tipo…Shit box..

    • StrangerGP

      It’s a budget car (on purpose), but it’s not a shitbox. Actually does pretty well in terms of build quality and reliability.

      • Christian

        nah, nuke “em… not the car tho

        • Onur Koray (Agamemnon)

          You also get the new Corolla Hybrid, some Ford commercial vehicles, the New Clio and so on….

          • Christian

            Europe is becoming like sweden…

  • blunt-o

    Didn’t those same workers in the pictures vote for Brexit, or was it their cousins and brothers?
    That English accent can go so far in camouflaging stupidity and racism.

  • Daniela Wolf

    GG Britain!

    In Germany we welcome already 16 000 new highly paid british employees.

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