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Hundreds of job losses confirmed at one of Wiltshire's biggest employers

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One of Wiltshire's biggest employers has confirmed it will cut around 300 jobs as the company ceases production of light vehicle tyres.

Cooper Tire Europe announced in October that jobs were at risk as the company might stop making some of its products in Melksham.

Instead, Cooper Tire Europe will get these tyres from within its global production network.

The company says "approximately 300 roles, primarily manufacturing and support positions related to light vehicle tyre production, will become redundant at the site."

Roles will be phased out over a period of approximately 10 months.

Staff say they'd heard rumours for years about redundancies Credit: ITV West Country

The company says around 400 roles will remain to support functions that will continue in Melksham, including motorsports and motorcycle tyre production.

This has been a time of uncertainty for our colleagues in Melksham and we appreciate their professionalism and cooperation throughout the collective consultation process.

Now, with the collective consultation concluded and plans for the future confirmed, there is more certainty for the workforce, and we are helping those who will be leaving us over the coming months to do so in the best possible way for their future.

Cooper Tire Europe will remain in Melksham and we will continue to implement plans designed to grow our business in a way that supports a long-term, sustainable future.

– Jaap van Wessum, General Manager – Cooper Tire Europe