Comment on the Honda announcement
“MY FOCUS IS ON THE PRACTICAL TASK OF GETTING AS MUCH SUPPORT AS POSSIBLE IN TO LOCAL COMPANIES THAT FACE UNCERTAINTY AFTER HONDA’S ANNOUNCEMENT”
Local Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney comments on the impact of Honda’s announcement
Commenting on the announcement about the future of the Honda plant in Swindon, Dawn Bowden the Assembly Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney said :
“The motor manufacturing sector is a significant industry across our Valleys communities, which of course includes the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency. There are large numbers of people working in supply chains in Wales who will be very worried at this news. This will include local constituents working at companies like KASAI in Pentrebach, who as we know employ some 200 people in my constituency”.
“These big decisions about the future location of large manufacturing plants – like today in Swindon – will always have major impacts well beyond the manufacturing site itself”.
Dawn Bowden added “It is still early days and we need to gather further information to help understand the full range of the impacts going forwards. For example we need to understand whether any of the business that will be lost to companies in the supply chain as a result of this announcement by Honda can be replaced by alternative work, and so on”.
“This is where my energy as the local Assembly Member is focussed. I want to ensure companies receive appropriate advice and support from the Welsh Government and whoever else can help us to save jobs. It is to focus on new business opportunities and to try and help local companies through this difficult period”.
“There is a very clear evidence that motor manufacturing is in a period of restructuring. This announcement by Honda follows on announcements by Nissan and Ford. But whatever the reasons behind Honda’s announcement my focus is on the practical task of getting as much support as possible in to those local companies that face uncertainty”
“So I am taking all the practical steps my constituents would expect. I am speaking to the Minister, meeting the company and making sure we all share as much information as possible to help all those companies who are hit by Honda’s announcement”.