The MANN+HUMMEL Group is proposing to close its main manufacturing facility at Hilton Cross Business Park in Wolverhampton, as part of its “operational footprint review”.
The closure, which would affect around 230 employees, would see all manufacturing relocated within the European MANN+HUMMEL network.
The manufacturing operations are expected to be fully closed by the end of 2022. MANN+HUMMEL remains active with all its business offerings and services in the United Kingdom.
Marco Heck, senior vice president for operations Europe automotive systems said: “Over the past months, several opportunities have been presented and evaluated to improve the plant’s competitiveness.
“Unfortunately, we concluded that savings or other measures could not offset the dramatic decline in volume.
“We know that the decision to close the plant will be more than difficult for our employees, and we are committed to work in close cooperation with our negotiation partners.”
The decision to close the Wolverhampton plant results from a difficult market environment, declining manufacturing volume, and the entire automotive industry undergoing a structural transition throughout Europe.
The MANN+HUMMEL Group will focus even more on filtration products and continues to intensify its activities in the Life Sciences & Environment business unit.