Southampton Ford Transit supplier to shut down

Daily Echo: Southampton Ford Transit supplier to shut down Southampton Ford Transit supplier to shut down

A FACTORY that provides vehicle upholstery for Southampton's doomed Ford plant is to close with the loss of 30 jobs, it has been revealed today.

Magna Seating has played a key part in the city's Transit van production line over the years from its base next door to the historic Ford factory in Swaythling.

But bosses have now pulled the plug on their Hampshire branch, admitting that “there is no longer a viable business case” for the facility.

The decision has been blamed on plans by Ford to axe its Southampton operation with the loss of 500 jobs.

Staff at Magna have been informed of the decision, but a date has yet to be set for closure.

A spokesman said: Magna Seating, an operating unit of Magna International Inc., has communicated to its workforce a plan to close its facility in Southampton, England.

“The difficult decision, which affects 30 permanent employees, is in response to Ford Motor Co.'s announcement that it is closing its Southampton Body and Assembly facility. Timing of the Magna Seating closure will be determined based on completion of the customer's requirements.

“Magna Seating Southampton is a facility dedicated primarily to the just-in-time manufacture and delivery of complete seating systems for the Ford Transit.

"As Ford works to restructure its Europe manufacturing operations and has subsequently announced plans to close Southampton Body and Assembly, there is no longer a viable business case for Magna Seating Southampton.

“Magna Seating will assist, where possible, with the transfer of employees into other Magna facilities where there are openings.”

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5:24pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Over the Edge says...

This will be the 1st of many, I feel sorry for everyone losing their jobs at Fords, but most of those workers will get enhanced redundancy packages from Fords, these poor buggers will get a pittance by comparison.
This will be the 1st of many, I feel sorry for everyone losing their jobs at Fords, but most of those workers will get enhanced redundancy packages from Fords, these poor buggers will get a pittance by comparison. Over the Edge

5:33pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Gainer T Gopher says...

About time the government stepped in to fund a truely British made vehicle.... in a British factory by polish workers....
About time the government stepped in to fund a truely British made vehicle.... in a British factory by polish workers.... Gainer T Gopher

5:36pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Maine Lobster says...

Don't worry everyone, the flourishing private sector will step in to save everything! Ha!
Don't worry everyone, the flourishing private sector will step in to save everything! Ha! Maine Lobster

6:05pm Wed 14 Nov 12

loosehead says...

Or maybe Southampton City Council will ?
Or maybe Southampton City Council will ? loosehead

6:30pm Wed 14 Nov 12

huckit P says...

Why would the company close down now? Surely Ford still need seats and if they are a JIT business there would be little or no stock. Is it just possible that the impending closure of Ford is being used as a convenient excuse?
Why would the company close down now? Surely Ford still need seats and if they are a JIT business there would be little or no stock. Is it just possible that the impending closure of Ford is being used as a convenient excuse? huckit P

6:52pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Lone Ranger. says...

huckit P wrote:
Why would the company close down now? Surely Ford still need seats and if they are a JIT business there would be little or no stock. Is it just possible that the impending closure of Ford is being used as a convenient excuse?
Quote:- Staff at Magna have been informed of the decision, but a date has yet to be set for closure.
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They are producing until Fords no longer require their seats and close up.
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So it could be another 6-9 months
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: Why would the company close down now? Surely Ford still need seats and if they are a JIT business there would be little or no stock. Is it just possible that the impending closure of Ford is being used as a convenient excuse?[/p][/quote]Quote:- Staff at Magna have been informed of the decision, but a date has yet to be set for closure. . They are producing until Fords no longer require their seats and close up. . So it could be another 6-9 months Lone Ranger.

6:54pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Stillness says...

huckit P wrote:
Why would the company close down now? Surely Ford still need seats and if they are a JIT business there would be little or no stock. Is it just possible that the impending closure of Ford is being used as a convenient excuse?
Yeah, of course they would want to close a site that could make a decent profit. I bet they make a better one in Turkey. Foul I know but such is life.
[quote][p][bold]huckit P[/bold] wrote: Why would the company close down now? Surely Ford still need seats and if they are a JIT business there would be little or no stock. Is it just possible that the impending closure of Ford is being used as a convenient excuse?[/p][/quote]Yeah, of course they would want to close a site that could make a decent profit. I bet they make a better one in Turkey. Foul I know but such is life. Stillness

7:14pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Robin Cunningham says...

As I have been saying since before the closure announcement, start talking to Chinese vehicle makers NOW.

This is an ideal site to assemble knock-down kits from China to export to mainland Europe.

This is an ideal opportunity for any Chinese supplier looking to expand into Europe.

(PS: I'll expect a fee for coming up with this idea if it ever gets adopted!!)
As I have been saying since before the closure announcement, start talking to Chinese vehicle makers NOW. This is an ideal site to assemble knock-down kits from China to export to mainland Europe. This is an ideal opportunity for any Chinese supplier looking to expand into Europe. (PS: I'll expect a fee for coming up with this idea if it ever gets adopted!!) Robin Cunningham

7:17pm Wed 14 Nov 12

memush says...

An operating unit of Magna Seating INC. --says it all--more dictates from the great USofA
An operating unit of Magna Seating INC. --says it all--more dictates from the great USofA memush

7:38pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Skeleton form then its going really soon like the Press Shop went over one weekend then!
Skeleton form then its going really soon like the Press Shop went over one weekend then! Fatty x Ford Worker

8:00pm Wed 14 Nov 12

sass says...

memush wrote:
An operating unit of Magna Seating INC. --says it all--more dictates from the great USofA
The company was founded by Austrian born Frank Stronach in Canada, actually.
[quote][p][bold]memush[/bold] wrote: An operating unit of Magna Seating INC. --says it all--more dictates from the great USofA[/p][/quote]The company was founded by Austrian born Frank Stronach in Canada, actually. sass

8:06pm Wed 14 Nov 12

bazzeroz says...

Robin Cunningham wrote:
As I have been saying since before the closure announcement, start talking to Chinese vehicle makers NOW.

This is an ideal site to assemble knock-down kits from China to export to mainland Europe.

This is an ideal opportunity for any Chinese supplier looking to expand into Europe.

(PS: I'll expect a fee for coming up with this idea if it ever gets adopted!!)
And with China's record of abuse/human rights you'd be happy with that?
[quote][p][bold]Robin Cunningham[/bold] wrote: As I have been saying since before the closure announcement, start talking to Chinese vehicle makers NOW. This is an ideal site to assemble knock-down kits from China to export to mainland Europe. This is an ideal opportunity for any Chinese supplier looking to expand into Europe. (PS: I'll expect a fee for coming up with this idea if it ever gets adopted!!)[/p][/quote]And with China's record of abuse/human rights you'd be happy with that? bazzeroz

9:06pm Wed 14 Nov 12

loosehead says...

bazzeroz wrote:
Robin Cunningham wrote:
As I have been saying since before the closure announcement, start talking to Chinese vehicle makers NOW.

This is an ideal site to assemble knock-down kits from China to export to mainland Europe.

This is an ideal opportunity for any Chinese supplier looking to expand into Europe.

(PS: I'll expect a fee for coming up with this idea if it ever gets adopted!!)
And with China's record of abuse/human rights you'd be happy with that?
I've agreed with Robin Cunningham & I can't believe your post?
How many products are there in our shops that were made in China?
Do you think Japan was a Good human rights company in the second worlds war or Germany?
I know your talking about today but if every one is going to buy from China why not us at least build it here for a Chinese company?
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin Cunningham[/bold] wrote: As I have been saying since before the closure announcement, start talking to Chinese vehicle makers NOW. This is an ideal site to assemble knock-down kits from China to export to mainland Europe. This is an ideal opportunity for any Chinese supplier looking to expand into Europe. (PS: I'll expect a fee for coming up with this idea if it ever gets adopted!!)[/p][/quote]And with China's record of abuse/human rights you'd be happy with that?[/p][/quote]I've agreed with Robin Cunningham & I can't believe your post? How many products are there in our shops that were made in China? Do you think Japan was a Good human rights company in the second worlds war or Germany? I know your talking about today but if every one is going to buy from China why not us at least build it here for a Chinese company? loosehead

10:59pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Linesman says...

loosehead wrote:
Or maybe Southampton City Council will ?
No chance of that thanks to the policy of the Tory-led government who want public sector jobs cut because the private sector will employ them.

Maybe the council would if the government had not cut their funding and prevented them raising council tax by reducing funding by the amount that they raised the tax.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Or maybe Southampton City Council will ?[/p][/quote]No chance of that thanks to the policy of the Tory-led government who want public sector jobs cut because the private sector will employ them. Maybe the council would if the government had not cut their funding and prevented them raising council tax by reducing funding by the amount that they raised the tax. Linesman

6:43am Thu 15 Nov 12

loosehead says...

Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Or maybe Southampton City Council will ?
No chance of that thanks to the policy of the Tory-led government who want public sector jobs cut because the private sector will employ them.

Maybe the council would if the government had not cut their funding and prevented them raising council tax by reducing funding by the amount that they raised the tax.
Linesman of all of my opposition posters you seem to be the most intelligent so why this lie?
You know that Cllr Williams & the Labour Party before the local elections knew exactly the size of the Government cut in funding for TWO years which split into two cuts would end up at @23.5million £1.5million less than Labour cut it to give to the North.
You also must have read the same article as I did in which Williams said all this would happen before the election but then accused the Echo of quoting him wrongly?
Now they say it was £32million? Funny that it was out in the Public Domain as £42million so how did they see the 3 instead of the 4?
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Or maybe Southampton City Council will ?[/p][/quote]No chance of that thanks to the policy of the Tory-led government who want public sector jobs cut because the private sector will employ them. Maybe the council would if the government had not cut their funding and prevented them raising council tax by reducing funding by the amount that they raised the tax.[/p][/quote]Linesman of all of my opposition posters you seem to be the most intelligent so why this lie? You know that Cllr Williams & the Labour Party before the local elections knew exactly the size of the Government cut in funding for TWO years which split into two cuts would end up at @23.5million £1.5million less than Labour cut it to give to the North. You also must have read the same article as I did in which Williams said all this would happen before the election but then accused the Echo of quoting him wrongly? Now they say it was £32million? Funny that it was out in the Public Domain as £42million so how did they see the 3 instead of the 4? loosehead

9:46am Thu 15 Nov 12

Shoong says...

Maine Lobster wrote:
Don't worry everyone, the flourishing private sector will step in to save everything! Ha!
Patience is a virtue. Do try to regain your sense of perception.
[quote][p][bold]Maine Lobster[/bold] wrote: Don't worry everyone, the flourishing private sector will step in to save everything! Ha![/p][/quote]Patience is a virtue. Do try to regain your sense of perception. Shoong

11:03am Thu 15 Nov 12

Over the Edge says...

loosehead wrote:
Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Or maybe Southampton City Council will ?
No chance of that thanks to the policy of the Tory-led government who want public sector jobs cut because the private sector will employ them.

Maybe the council would if the government had not cut their funding and prevented them raising council tax by reducing funding by the amount that they raised the tax.
Linesman of all of my opposition posters you seem to be the most intelligent so why this lie?
You know that Cllr Williams & the Labour Party before the local elections knew exactly the size of the Government cut in funding for TWO years which split into two cuts would end up at @23.5million £1.5million less than Labour cut it to give to the North.
You also must have read the same article as I did in which Williams said all this would happen before the election but then accused the Echo of quoting him wrongly?
Now they say it was £32million? Funny that it was out in the Public Domain as £42million so how did they see the 3 instead of the 4?
Lossehead says

Cllr Williams & the Labour Party before the local elections knew exactly the size of the Government cut in funding for TWO years which split into two cuts would end up at @23.5million £1.5million less than Labour cut it to give to the North. You also must have read the same article as I did in which Williams said all this would happen before the election but then accused the Echo of quoting him wrongly? Now they say it was £32million?

The amount of cut inflicted on Southampton has risen since the election it won't be announced by Eric Pickles until Christmas Eve
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Or maybe Southampton City Council will ?[/p][/quote]No chance of that thanks to the policy of the Tory-led government who want public sector jobs cut because the private sector will employ them. Maybe the council would if the government had not cut their funding and prevented them raising council tax by reducing funding by the amount that they raised the tax.[/p][/quote]Linesman of all of my opposition posters you seem to be the most intelligent so why this lie? You know that Cllr Williams & the Labour Party before the local elections knew exactly the size of the Government cut in funding for TWO years which split into two cuts would end up at @23.5million £1.5million less than Labour cut it to give to the North. You also must have read the same article as I did in which Williams said all this would happen before the election but then accused the Echo of quoting him wrongly? Now they say it was £32million? Funny that it was out in the Public Domain as £42million so how did they see the 3 instead of the 4?[/p][/quote]Lossehead says Cllr Williams & the Labour Party before the local elections knew exactly the size of the Government cut in funding for TWO years which split into two cuts would end up at @23.5million £1.5million less than Labour cut it to give to the North. You also must have read the same article as I did in which Williams said all this would happen before the election but then accused the Echo of quoting him wrongly? Now they say it was £32million? The amount of cut inflicted on Southampton has risen since the election it won't be announced by Eric Pickles until Christmas Eve Over the Edge

12:28pm Thu 15 Nov 12

loosehead says...

Over the Edge wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Linesman wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Or maybe Southampton City Council will ?
No chance of that thanks to the policy of the Tory-led government who want public sector jobs cut because the private sector will employ them.

Maybe the council would if the government had not cut their funding and prevented them raising council tax by reducing funding by the amount that they raised the tax.
Linesman of all of my opposition posters you seem to be the most intelligent so why this lie?
You know that Cllr Williams & the Labour Party before the local elections knew exactly the size of the Government cut in funding for TWO years which split into two cuts would end up at @23.5million £1.5million less than Labour cut it to give to the North.
You also must have read the same article as I did in which Williams said all this would happen before the election but then accused the Echo of quoting him wrongly?
Now they say it was £32million? Funny that it was out in the Public Domain as £42million so how did they see the 3 instead of the 4?
Lossehead says

Cllr Williams & the Labour Party before the local elections knew exactly the size of the Government cut in funding for TWO years which split into two cuts would end up at @23.5million £1.5million less than Labour cut it to give to the North. You also must have read the same article as I did in which Williams said all this would happen before the election but then accused the Echo of quoting him wrongly? Now they say it was £32million?

The amount of cut inflicted on Southampton has risen since the election it won't be announced by Eric Pickles until Christmas Eve
Over the edge. Any new business opening up this year we keep the business rate so why did Williams scrap the Snow dome which was a private company?
he's lost an income there straight away so why?
Why did he break off a lucrative deal for this city with the Isle Of wight council?
If Refuse Services in ToTTon or any other authority is going out to contract why not ask the Refuse Workers to take on larger rounds & compete for those contracts?
You could have a tidy profit there whilst securing the Refuse jobs?
I'm not Anti Council workers but instead of looking into ways to fund services it seems this council has taken the easy route & just blamed the Government?
We have areas of Grass, Farmers are looking at a cheap source of feed for their animals?
Just before the Autumn let that grass grow cut it long & sell cheaply to the Farmers?
Just an idea don't know what you think but a way of income? possibly?
[quote][p][bold]Over the Edge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Or maybe Southampton City Council will ?[/p][/quote]No chance of that thanks to the policy of the Tory-led government who want public sector jobs cut because the private sector will employ them. Maybe the council would if the government had not cut their funding and prevented them raising council tax by reducing funding by the amount that they raised the tax.[/p][/quote]Linesman of all of my opposition posters you seem to be the most intelligent so why this lie? You know that Cllr Williams & the Labour Party before the local elections knew exactly the size of the Government cut in funding for TWO years which split into two cuts would end up at @23.5million £1.5million less than Labour cut it to give to the North. You also must have read the same article as I did in which Williams said all this would happen before the election but then accused the Echo of quoting him wrongly? Now they say it was £32million? Funny that it was out in the Public Domain as £42million so how did they see the 3 instead of the 4?[/p][/quote]Lossehead says Cllr Williams & the Labour Party before the local elections knew exactly the size of the Government cut in funding for TWO years which split into two cuts would end up at @23.5million £1.5million less than Labour cut it to give to the North. You also must have read the same article as I did in which Williams said all this would happen before the election but then accused the Echo of quoting him wrongly? Now they say it was £32million? The amount of cut inflicted on Southampton has risen since the election it won't be announced by Eric Pickles until Christmas Eve[/p][/quote]Over the edge. Any new business opening up this year we keep the business rate so why did Williams scrap the Snow dome which was a private company? he's lost an income there straight away so why? Why did he break off a lucrative deal for this city with the Isle Of wight council? If Refuse Services in ToTTon or any other authority is going out to contract why not ask the Refuse Workers to take on larger rounds & compete for those contracts? You could have a tidy profit there whilst securing the Refuse jobs? I'm not Anti Council workers but instead of looking into ways to fund services it seems this council has taken the easy route & just blamed the Government? We have areas of Grass, Farmers are looking at a cheap source of feed for their animals? Just before the Autumn let that grass grow cut it long & sell cheaply to the Farmers? Just an idea don't know what you think but a way of income? possibly? loosehead

8:23am Fri 16 Nov 12

Sir naggedalot says...

bazzeroz wrote:
Robin Cunningham wrote: As I have been saying since before the closure announcement, start talking to Chinese vehicle makers NOW. This is an ideal site to assemble knock-down kits from China to export to mainland Europe. This is an ideal opportunity for any Chinese supplier looking to expand into Europe. (PS: I'll expect a fee for coming up with this idea if it ever gets adopted!!)
And with China's record of abuse/human rights you'd be happy with that?
Fords have a plant in China producing Transit vans.

Not alot of people know that but been making them for over a year now!
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin Cunningham[/bold] wrote: As I have been saying since before the closure announcement, start talking to Chinese vehicle makers NOW. This is an ideal site to assemble knock-down kits from China to export to mainland Europe. This is an ideal opportunity for any Chinese supplier looking to expand into Europe. (PS: I'll expect a fee for coming up with this idea if it ever gets adopted!!)[/p][/quote]And with China's record of abuse/human rights you'd be happy with that?[/p][/quote]Fords have a plant in China producing Transit vans. Not alot of people know that but been making them for over a year now! Sir naggedalot

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