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Date added: 18 September 2018

Honda Commits to Swindon 

But warns Brexit no deal will hit production in worrying echo of 2009
 
The Senior Vice President of Honda Europe has spoken out on the possible effects on Swindon as the Brexit deadline gets nearer.
 
Ian Howells said its costs could rise by about 10% if import & export tariffs are applied after 29 March 2019.
 
Honda in Swindon
 
“That would impact our productivity, certainly in terms of the flow of product, but also it does hit potentially our competitiveness. Of course, if we are shipping and competing against a European manufacturer in Europe, they’re not incurring those tariffs,” he said.
 
This follows Jaguar Land Rover's recent warning that “tens of thousands” of jobs could be lost in the sector if the government fails to reach an agreement with Brussels.
 
And in June, BMW, who employ approximately 900 people at their Swindon pressing plant, said it may be forced to close its production sites in the UK if components for Mini are caught up in customs delays after Brexit.
 
Honda in Swindon
 
But despite the ominous tone, Howells was adamant that the Japanese car giant was fully committed to its South Marston plant and their 3,500 associates, where Honda produces the total car - 600 every day - from casting, engine assembly and pressing through to welding, painting and final assembly.
 
“The UK forms part of our global network of manufacturing plants, so the only place we produce the vehicle we produce at Swindon is in Swindon itself.
 
"The logistics of moving a factory the size of Swindon would be huge and as far as we’re concerned, we’re right behind supporting continued production at Swindon,” he added.
  
10 year since 4 month lay-off
 
In January 2009, Honda shut down production for 4 months and laid off thousands of workers in the aftermarth of the financial crisis with significant effect on the local Swindon economy.
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