Philips Avent manufacturing unit in Glemsford is closing | Suffolk and Essex Enterprise Information

Philips Avent factory in Glemsford is closing | Suffolk and Essex Business News

PUBLISHED: 21:50 17 January 2019 | UPDATED: 21:54 17 January 2019

Philips Avent in Glemsford. Picture: Phil Morley

Philips Avent in Glemsford. Image: Phil Morley


A manufacturing unit that employs round 500 individuals in Suffolk is to shut down and Brexit has been blamed.

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A manufacturing unit using round 500 individuals in Suffolk is to shut, with some staff pointing the finger at Brexit.

Philips Avent introduced plans to maneuver the vast majority of operations from its manufacturing unit in Glemsford, close to Sudbury, to its innovation and manufacturing website at Drachten within the Netherlands, with the rest going to Indonesia.

Staff have been instructed a “full website shutdown” will occur subsequent 12 months and {that a} workers session course of will begin subsequent month.

One employee, who didn’t wish to be named, mentioned they’d been instructed the closure was a part of a wider technique to scale back the variety of websites: “Ninety per cent of the products we make are exported out of the UK. We have been additionally instructed that Brexit was a further cause within the choice, it was an element.”

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Leann Hofmann, 34, of Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich, who works as an operator mentioned the information, though unhappy, was not a shock

“I’d been anticipating it to occur in two or three years, relatively than as quickly as subsequent 12 months,” she mentioned.

“Lots of people have been crying. Most of the staff on the plant have households to feed and it’s going to be actually arduous for them.

Philips Avent in Glemsford. Picture: Phil MorleyPhilips Avent in Glemsford. Image: Phil Morley

“I’m British so it’s not troublesome for me to search out one other job, however plenty of different workers aren’t and are anxious as a result of they will’t communicate English very nicely so they’re anxious about discovering a brand new job.”

Neil Mesher, chief govt of Philips UK and Eire, instructed the East Anglian Each day Instances the closure was a part of a wider world technique and would have been made “no matter Brexit”.

He mentioned he recognised the proposed plan would have a “profound affect” on colleagues working on the Glemsford website, and on its manufacturing presence within the UK.

“The timing of the announcement is troublesome, however whatever the state of affairs with Brexit we’d nonetheless be making this announcement,” he mentioned.

“We have now identified we’d be doing this since 2017. We’re consolidating our operations, from 50 to 30 massive websites, and the merchandise made in Glemsford might be made in Holland and Indonesia sooner or later.

“We have now introduced the proposal after cautious consideration, and over the subsequent interval, we’ll work intently with the impacted colleagues on subsequent steps.

“Philips has a protracted, established historical past of serving clients throughout the UK, and we stay dedicated to them. The UK is a vital marketplace for us, and we’ll proceed to spend money on our industrial group and innovation applications within the nation.”

Native MP James Cartlidge mentioned he was “extraordinarily saddened” to listen to of the closure and could be talking to Mr Mesher concerning the choice.

He mentioned: “I’m proud to have such a profitable model in my constituency, exporting everywhere in the world, and a market chief within the US.

“Now that nice model might be leaving to the EU, and all these exports will go from Holland to the US, not from Suffolk. I’m gutted and this strengthens my resolve to maintain urgent for a wise approach ahead that prioritises British business.”

The Suffolk firm began as Cannon Rubber, a household enterprise established in 1936 manufacturing scorching water bottles.

It created the sub-brand ‘Avent Naturally’ in 1984 to launch a brand new sort of child bottle that was brief with a large neck.

The corporate was acquired by Philips in 2006.

It employs 430 full time contracted workers at Glemsford, and plenty of extra are employed not directly by an company.

Philips Avent modified the employment company it makes use of earlier this month, from OSR Recruitment of Norwich to Randstad Options Ltd, primarily based in Luton.

The transfer resulted in lots of workers complaining they’d misplaced vacation pay and different advantages.

Mr Mesher mentioned the choice to finish the contract with OSR had nothing to do with the choice to shut down the Glemsford manufacturing unit.

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