1. ITV Report

50 jobs under threat at Triumph in Leicestershire

Up to 50 jobs could go at the Leicestershire motorcycle maker Triumph under plans to relocate mass production to Thailand.

The company, which has a factory in Hinckley, is realigning operations under global ambitions to take a bigger chunk of the Asian market.

Triumph said that while mainstream production would move to its existing plants in Thailand, Hinckley would become its global research and development centre, leading to more than 20 new design engineer jobs.

A letter to staff said the company was consulting about job losses.

The company makes around 65,000 motorcycles a year. Up to 7,000 are produced in the UK. This could fall to around 4,500.

We are now preparing for Triumph’s next wave of strategic growth.

We want to maximise the growth opportunity for the brand globally, particularly in the Asian markets.

This is why we are increasing our design resources here in the UK, and focusing our mass production capabilities in Thailand.

There will still be manufacturing capability in the UK but the role of our facility in Hinckley will be reconfigured to enable us to create a more flexible and high-value capability.

The move to a more specialist production facility does mean, however, that there will be between 40 and 50 redundancies from the company’s manufacturing workforce in the UK.

– Triumph statement