Ardagh’s Merthyr Tydfil plant could close

Almost 150 jobs are at risk at Ardagh’s Merthyr Tydfil plant after the company announced plans to close its aerosol manufacturing facility.

The company has entered a period of consultation with the workforce over a proposal to close the plant as part of a strategic review of its UK manufacturing operations.

The proposals reflect the need to increase the competitiveness of the group’s operations in a difficult economic climate, by moving from three to two UK metal manufacturing sites.

The proposals, which include the relocation of aerosol manufacturing (Merthyr Tydfil’s main operation) to the group’s Sutton in Ashfield plant, (East Midlands) and the relocation of printing to the group’s Norwich site, would involve strategic investment in the two remaining facilities.

The proposals, which affect 146 employees at the Merthyr Tydfil site, will be reviewed in detail during the consultation process.

A company spokesman said: “The company will do everything we can to support our employees at this difficult time and in the event that job losses do occur, we will review new employment opportunities at our other manufacturing locations.”

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