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August 18, 2020

Several UK plants follow traditional summer schedule

Several UK manufacturers have either restarted production following the traditional summer break, or are in the shut-down period.

By Rhodri Morgan

Several UK manufacturers have either restarted production following the traditional summer break, or are in the shut-down period.

“Most of our sites have had planned shut-downs over the summer, which is typical at this time of year,” BMW Group UK told just-auto.

“The specific timing and duration of the shutdowns vary across our four manufacturing sites in the UK, dependent on the scheduled works and maintenance work needed.”

  • The Mini plant in Oxford had a planned shutdown for three weeks and will be returning on 24 August
  • Most of the Swindon plant is on shutdown as it is aligned to the Oxford site, but there are a small number of press lines running as they are supplying the wider BMW Group network
  • BMW Group’s engine plant at Hams Hall has also had a planned two-week shutdown, returning to site this week
  • The planned production break at Goodwood (Rolls-Royce Motor Cars) has already taken place and production has resumed

Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) has followed its traditional summer shutdown of operations from 14 August to 1 September, with the closure of its Swindon manufacturing plant also still occurring next July.

“We have gone ahead as planned,” a Honda spokesman told just-auto. “[At] Close of play today [14 August], we will commence our shutdown and we will and we will restart on Tuesday, 1 September after the bank holiday. That is our standard two-week summer shutdown.

“We are still on track for the end of production at the end of July, 2021.”

HUM is due to close its Swindon vehicle manufacturing plant at the end of the current model’s production lifecycle, in 2021. The plant currently produces 150,000 cars per year, and employs around 3,500 staff. 

Meanwhile, Nissan says it has finished the annual summer break with production resuming this week at its Sunderland plant.

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