Imperial tobacco calls time on last uk factory

Imperial Tobacco is stubbing out much more than one hundred years of manufacturing in Britain right after it announced the closure of its only remaining UK plant, in Nottingham, to shift production to less expensive facilities in Poland and Germany.

The Bristol primarily based tobacco corporation, the world&rsquos fourth biggest by marketplace share, plans to close its factory in Nottingham, where it employs 540 men and women, as element of a European restructuring programme created to assist it save &pound300m a year from September 2018.

Imperial is the only tobacco company to nonetheless manufacture cigarettes in mainland Britain Japan Tobacco International has a plant in Ballymena in Northern Ireland, exactly where it employs 900 people.

Imperial said the Nottingham factory, which ten years ago employed as several as 1,000 staff, is operating at significantly less than half its 36 billion cigarettes a year capacity due to declining tobacco consumption in the UK.

The group added that forthcoming European regulations, which will ban the sale of packs of 10 cigarettes and 30g packs of rolling tobacco, would also have an effect on production.

Brands made at the plant in Nottingham, like Lambert and Butler and Embassy No 1, will now be manufactured in Germany and Poland and imported to the UK market place.

While Imperial&rsquos present facilities in Nottingham, on Thane Road, only date back to 1972, the company&rsquos ties with the city can be traced back to 1877 when John Player purchased a smaller cigarette manufacturing enterprise in Broad Marsh, Nottingham. Players was a single of 13 family run enterprises from which Imperial was born in 1901.

A spokesman for Imperial mentioned the enterprise will undertake a consultation course of action and expects to close the factory &ldquoprogressively&rdquo more than the subsequent two years.

The tobacco giant also plans to shut a factory in Nantes in France, exactly where it employs 320 men and women, as element of the European restructuring programme, which will claim 900 jobs in total. The Nantes factory has also suffered from declining production it will only produce 9bn cigarettes this year but has capacity to manufacture 21bn.

A investigation and improvement facility in Bergerac in France is also below threat, even though the group stated 80 new roles could be designed in Paris under plans to restructure its sales force and support operations in the French capital.

Alison Cooper, chief executive of Imperial Tobacco, stated &ldquoThese projects are an vital element of securing the sustainable future of the enterprise. The prospect of job losses is often regrettable and we will be doing all we can to help employees and ensure that they are treated in a fair and accountable manner.&rdquo

Unite national officer, Rhys McCarthy, named the closure &ldquoshocking&rdquo and mentioned it will have a devastating influence on the local neighborhood.

&ldquoWhat we had been not expecting was the wholesale closure of the Nottingham web site and an finish to Imperial Tobacco manufacturing cigarettes in the UK and moving production to eastern Europe.&rdquo

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