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Closure threat to Bedwas aluminium plant

Challenging market conditions puts Sapa Extrusions' Bedwas plant under threat of closure

An aluminum plant in Bedwas, which employs 132,  is under the threat of closure with management blaming challenging market conditions for the move.

Sapa Extrusions has entered into a consultation process with employees and unions at the factory, which opened in the early 1970s.

Alan Couturier, managing director of Sapa UK, said: "In light of the change to market conditions, our commitment to continue manufacturing in the UK remains strong.

"We believe that there is a need in the UK for a quality producer that can provide a level of service exceeding current customer expectations Achievement of this goal is paramount in our future strategy.

"We recognise the impact that this announcement will have on our colleagues at Bedwas. We very much hope that we can find alternatives to the proposal to close and will put every effort into doing so."

Sapa has four extrusion manufacturing sites in the UK. The company said that during the consultation period, priority will be given to mitigating the impact of the proposal on the employees.

Source: Wales Online