Pilkington to reduce manufacturing capacity at Eccleston, St Helens

Pilkington has announced that it is to close one of it three automotive glass production lines at its Eccleston plant in St.

Helens, Merseyside. Shift patterns on the two remaining lines, which make glass sidelights for cars and trucks, will also change, resulting in some job losses on those operations. The moves are designed to reduce capacity and improve the site's manufacturing efficiency.

The decision to close the line follows a thorough review of Pilkington's European automotive glass capacity against expected industry demand for automotive glass through to 2003 and beyond. Current capacity far exceeds demand, with further reductions in demand expected in the near future.

The Eccleston site, which makes toughened automotive glass backlights and sidelights for the European car industry, currently has 251 employees. The closure of the RH3 automotive backlight line during the first quarter of 2002, together with the shift changes, will result in the loss of 80 jobs across all employee groups on the site.

The aim is to ensure that Eccleston retains the essential skills required to service its existing and future customers and to meet increased demand quickly, should it return in the future. Pilkington has no plans to close the Eccleston plant, the cost base and performance targets of which are comparable with other Pilkington Automotive sites across Europe.

Some existing production will transfer to other backlight lines at Pilkington Automotive sites in Italy and Germany, with some sidelight production from other Pilkington plants in Europe being transferred to Eccleston.

In order to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies, the company intends to seek volunteers in the first instance. The company is currently in consultation with the unions represented at the site (the GMB, Apex and AEEU). Opportunities for placements in other Pilkington sites are being explored and a specialist employment agency will be setting up a "Job Shop" on the Eccleston site to identify potential external employment opportunities and to assist employees with job search activities.

600450 Pilkington to reduce manufacturing capacity at Eccleston, St Helens glassonweb.com
Date: 9 November 2001
Source: Pilkington

See more news about:

See more from these topics:

Others also read

Prism Architectural are pleased to announce the appointment by Knight Harwood to deliver the external glazing to Kings College, Wimbledon.
SEVES Group, a Triton Fund III company, sold its Glass Block Division VITRABLOK to private equity firm ASC Investment.
Thin glass is revolutionising the performance spectrum of glass and glass panes.
Allegion, plc, a leading global security products and solutions provider, has acquired Technical Glass Products (TGP) through one of its subsidiaries.
We sincerely thank all our members, friends and visitors for being part of glassonweb.com and its success during 2017.
Launched in September 2017, the Solar Smart Mobility project aims to develop and industrialise a total new production area in supple, transparent photovoltaic glazing adapted to transport applications.

From industry

Portuetxe bidea 18
20018 San Sebastián (Gipuzkoa) Guipúzcoa

Is Kuleleri, Kule: 2, Kat: 22, 4. Levent
34330 Levent-Istanbul/İstanbul

Add new comment