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January 15, 2010    

900 jobs at risk as Bosch plans to close Welsh factory

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by Kay Murchie

Motor parts manufacturer Bosch has announced plans to close its site in Miskin, near Cardiff, in summer 2011 which will result in the loss of approximately 900 jobs.

The decision follows three months of consultation and the firm has now decided to recommend complete closure of the plant and is said to be transferring the work to Hungary in 2011.

In a statement, Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, president of the Bosch starter motors division, said: “I deeply regret that we could not find a solution for the Cardiff plant.

“I have spent time in a previous role as plant manager in Cardiff and I know first-hand the dedication and commitment of the employees here.

“Therefore, this is for me personally one of the toughest decisions in my career.”

The firm said sales of its alternator products made at the Miskin plant were down 45% in 2009 and said the recession had “left its mark on the Bosch Group”. Furthermore, the group said sales were expected to fall by a further 65% in 2010.

The Welsh Assembly Government described the announcement as “a significant blow” and has pledged its full support to workers affected.

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