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More than 100 jobs at risk as Amlwch plastics factory announces closure

In January, workers were warned they could be made redundant. Credit: Google

A plastics factory in north Wales will close due to a reduction in exports - leaving 104 people without jobs.

German firm, REHAU, has been a major employer in Amlwch, Anglesey, since it opened in 1975.

However, earlier in the year, workers were warned they could be made redundant should the plant close.

The company launched a 90-day consultation period in January, but despite proposals from employee representatives, the Group Executive Board today announced the planned closure will go ahead by the end of the year:

Our Group Executive Board has today made the difficult decision to confirm that the proposed closure of our Amlwch production facility will go ahead by the end of this year. Careful consideration at board level of the proposed alternatives put forward by employees concluded that, regrettably, they would not be sufficient to secure the long-term future of the facility. Our attentions now turn to supporting our staff through this challenging period.

– spokesperson for REHAU

Anglesey MP Albert Owen said he was 'disappointed' by the announcement and that he would continue to press the company to 'reconsider':

I recently had a follow up meeting and raised the issue in the House of Commons with government ministers and felt the quality of alternative proposals were strong. However, the decision was made by the GED board, far removed from the UK, in mainland Europe.

I will continue to press the company to re-consider its decision and work with others to put the case for the excellent workforce at the Amlwch REHAU plant. I will also join politicians and agencies in offering support to the dedicated workforce.

– Albert Owen MP, Anglesey