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Leisure vehicle manufacturer Swift Group closes Mexborough factory


The UK’s largest leisure vehicle manufacturer, the Swift Group, has closed its secondary manufacturing plant in Mexborough, South Yorkshire.

It blamed the ‘prolonged turbulent political and economic climate’ that has led to a fall in demand for leisure vehicles and, as a result, a reduction in its production volume. The company was able to reduce the impact on employees by accepting voluntary re-dundancies and relocating some of the Mexborough staff to its main production plant and headquarters in Cottingham, East Yorkshire.

“Due to the prolonged turbulent political and economic climate, which has impacted on consumer confidence, the company has found it necessary to reduce its production volume of touring caravans and motorhomes,’ said a Swift Group statement. “As a responsible manufacturer, we actively respond to market changes and the challenges they present, constantly reviewing our cost base to ensure the company is as fit as it can be today and into the future.”

As a result of these market changes, Swift entered into consultation with its employees to consider options for streamlining the business in-line with the reduction of production volumes. The outcome was confirmation that the Mexborough plant will close permanently. 

Swift said it is now on a strong footing for the future. “Looking towards the future and 2020 the organisation is appropriately structured to achieve our business plans,” it said. It is understood that the company will have its usual large stand at the upcoming caravan and motorhome show at Birmingham’s NEC in February, at which it will present the all-new Swift Escape 502 motorhome, as well as other innovations.

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