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Fire at Swindon Honda factory

Fire at Honda plant Swindon Credit: Richard Wintle Calyx Picture & TV Agency

Firefighters are dampening down a fire at the Honda factory in Swindon.

Crews were called around 9am this morning (Jan 23) to a fire in the manufacturing plant.

Four fire engines, one aerial unit and a water pump have attended the scene.

Three people were checked by ambulance crews at the scene. Honda say two workers were taken to hospital.

Honda has issued a statement:

A small equipment fire occurred this morning at the Honda factory in Swindon within its die cast facility, while routine weekend maintenance work was taking place.

Two associates were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

There will be no adverse impact to production which will continue as normal on Monday morning.

– Honda

Latest Honda Civic rolls off the production line

The first of the new Honda Civics are rolling off the production line in Swindon today.

The company is investing £200 million in the new version of its popular car. Producing the Civic Type-R has secured thousands of jobs at the factory in the town.

It will soon go on sale in dealerships all over Europe.

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New Honda car made in Swindon will be exported to North America

New Honda car made in Swindon will be exported to North America Credit: Honda

Honda Civics made at the Swindon Honda Plant will be exported to the USA.

It comes just a day after the announcement Honda UK said it will secure thousands of jobs at the Wiltshire site by investing £200million in car production.

This significant announcement demonstrates the opportunity available to the Swindon operation and reinforces the quality and reliability of the product coming from our UK facility.

– Philip Crossman, managing director of Honda UK

Honda investment secures thousands of jobs in Swindon

Honda employs over 3,000 people in Swindon. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Honda is investing over £200 million in a new Civic model - which will be made at the car manufacturer's plant in Swindon.

Over 3,000 people are employed at the factory, which will produce an estimated 120,000 cars a year.

The investment will secure thousands of jobs at the Swindon plant, which saw hundreds of job losses last year.

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99 job losses at Honda

99 people are to be made redundant from Honda in Swindon. The company confirmed the number following discussions with the Unite union.

Honda recently announced it would be reducing its UK production lines from two to one. Employees made redundant will leave on 23 May.

Today, Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM) can confirm that following the on-going meetings between HUM and the Unite Consultative Committee (UCC), and following the closure of the voluntary redundancy programme on Friday 9 May, the total number of compulsory redundancies will be 99.

A formal compulsory redundancy process commences this week. The last contractual day for all employees leaving the company will be 23 May 2014.

– Honda of the UK Manufacturing

More job losses following Honda cutbacks

South Marston Distribution Centre is cutting more than half its temporary workforce. Credit: ITV News

A firm which keeps parts for Honda in Swindon has announced that 135 temporary workers are to lose their jobs.

It follows last week's move by the car giant to scale back production because of a fall in sales. South Marston Distribution Centre is cutting more than half its temporary workforce and will be mainly basing its decision on people's performance.

Hundreds of jobs at risk at Honda plant in Swindon.

Car maker Honda has announced it is scaling back production at its Swindon plant with the loss of up to five hundred jobs. It will affect 340 employees and a further 160 agency workers.

The company, which employs 3000 people in the town, is cutting the number of shifts from three to two.

It blames a slump in European sales. Unions say staff have been left bewildered and angry, as Robert Murphy reports.

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