Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Europe will cease production of tires for cars, light trucks and sport utility vehicles at its Melksham, United Kingdom factory, the Cooper Tire & Rubber subsidiary said today.
The move, which Cooper said in October it was considering, is geared to help Cooper Tire Europe enhance its competitiveness in the global tire industry. Cooper Tire Europe will obtain tires for cars, light trucks and sport utility vehicles to meet customer needs from other sites within Cooper’s global production network.
An estimated 300 positions will be eliminated while production is phased out over a period of about 10 months, the company reported. Employees whose roles will be eliminated will receive appropriate notice, enhanced separation pay and continued career services, Cooper Tire reported.
About 400 workers will remain in Melksham to support functions that will continue there, including motorsports and motorcycle tire production, a materials business, Cooper Tire Europe headquarters and sales and marketing, and the Europe Technical Center.
The collective consultation process with employee representatives at the plant, which began in October, has concluded.
“We are doing all possible to assist impacted employees as we take this necessary step to enhance Cooper Tire Europe’s competitiveness, enable our growth plans and secure a sustainable long-term future for our business,” said Jaap van Wessum, general manager – Cooper Tire Europe.