North West Wales

Quinton Hazell, Mochdre and Lancaster: 196 jobs to go at car parts factories

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Media captionThe administrators blamed "prolonged, challenging trading conditions"

Nearly 200 job losses have been announced at two car parts factories in Conwy and Lancashire.

A total of 79 staff at Quinton Hazell in Mochdre, were told by administrators KPMG their jobs were going with immediate effect.

Another 117 jobs are going at the firm's Glasson Dock plant in Lancaster.

KPMG blamed "prolonged, challenging trading conditions". The Unite union said the speed of the closure had left workers feeling "angry and anxious".

Workers were sent home early on Wednesday after KPMG were appointed to handle the affairs of the plant's Manchester-based parent company Klarius.

A small number of workers are remaining at the plants to help with the winding up process.

Unite Wales regional industrial officer John Hamilton said: "We had been in talks with the company prior to this announcement but they have moved from having 24 redundancies on the table to insolvency in the space of just a week."

He added that management "should have had greater engagement and been more honest with the union and the workforce at a much, much earlier stage".

"Our members and employees across the site have been left feeling very frustrated, angry and anxious by the speed at which the insolvency action has hit and the immediate outcome."

Paul Flint, joint administrator and restructuring partner at KPMG, said: "Despite extensively marketing the Glasson Dock (Lancaster) and Colwyn Bay sites to potential buyers we were unable to find a buyer and have taken the difficult decision to wind them down."

He added that "prolonged challenging trading conditions in the automotive parts sector had an impact on Quinton Hazell's performance".

As a result this had created "cash-flow pressures" which in turn had affected the company's ability to trade as a going concern, he said.

Clwyd West MP David Jones visited the Mochdre plant a few months ago.

"The factory has a troubled recent history but I was hopeful that it was now in a stable financial position," he said.

"I have written to the administrator and will continue to take a close interest in the situation as it develops."

The Lancashire plant was making exhausts and catalytic converters.

The factory near Colwyn Bay, founded by the late Eric Quinton Hazell after World War II, made 120 workers redundant in 2007.

Production of clutches was transferred to Warwickshire, with remaining staff making water pumps.

Meanwhile, the closure of the Sogefi Filtration factory in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taf, was confirmed at the end of a 90-day consultation with the 190 workers, say unions.

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