Honda to close plant for two months

Global financial turmoil will force Honda to close its Swindon factory for two months next year, although none of the 4,800 workers will be laid off.

A spokesman for the Japanese carmaker said there would no redundancies at Swindon and workers would still be paid. The plant produces the Civic and CR-V models, and is due to start production of the Jazz small car next autumn.

The company has said that "dramatic changes" in global markets mean it must follow Mini, Nissan and Land Rover in cutting production.

The February and March closure follows the decision to reduce production at Swindon in the current financial year from 228,000 to 175,000 units.

The company will be extending the already-planned 13-day closure, which was announced to accompany scale-backs at plants in Japan and the US.

The company said in a statement: "In addition to 32,000 units production adjustment between December 2008 and March 2009 that had previously been announced, production at Honda will be further adjusted by 21,000 units.

"This will be achieved by suspending production for 29 days during the months of February and March 2009, combined with 13 non-production days previously planned in this period."

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