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Published on January 25th, 2017 | by The GC Team

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Whirlpool Yate manufacturing plant to focus on UK-only dryer production

Whirlpool has begun consultations with works councils and other regulatory agencies in connection with a proposal to restructure its EMEA dryer manufacturing operations.

The move was outlined in a filing dated yesterday (24th January) and is expected to result in changing the operations at the company’s facility in Yate, Bristol to focus on manufacturing for UK consumers only. Some reports say the decision follows the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

Whirlpool said it also aims to end production of dryers at its Amiens plant in France in 2018, and it will concentrate the production of dryers for non-UK consumers in Lodz, Poland.

The company said it anticipates that approximately 500 positions will be impacted by the decisions, and it expects the moves to be substantially complete in 2018.

Following the Brexit vote in June last year, Whirlpool said it was prepared to take “swift actions” to offset the negative impact to its EMEA operations. Chairman and chief executive officer Jeff M. Fettig said the company would continue to monitor the situation closely.

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