Ian Larrard, Director of Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative at Business West commented:
“If it is confirmed, it is with great sadness to learn that Honda is set to close its Swindon operation as it ceases production of the Civic model in 2021.
“While at first reading Brexit uncertainty probably hasn’t helped, it is only one of a number of negative external factors that have created a perfect storm, making this decision inevitable even if the timing has come as a shock.
“Trump’s tariffs on cars, the level of investment required right now to begin producing electric vehicles by 2022 and an EU/Japan trade deal that will make car production in Japan for the European market a more viable proposition.
“The priority now is to ensure all those who may be made redundant are helped to find work. Business West has provided support packages in the past and we’re ready to do so again when needed.
“On a positive note, the local economy remains robust and there is a strong jobs market, with the private sector looking to help employ not just engineers but the many skilled associates at Honda who may lose their jobs.”