EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Monmouthshire and Newport; East Wales; Wales
Location of affected unit(s): Bedwas


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.2 - Manufacture of bodies (coachwork) for motor vehicles; manufacture of trailers and semi-trailers

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 18-09-2017
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Planned Job Creation: 130

Additional Information

Norwegian aluminium company Sapa has announced plans to re-open a factory in South Wales which will create 130 new jobs. The site in Bedwas previously ceased activities in 2014. The re-opening is supported by a grant of 550,000 GBP from the Welsh Government in addition to Sapa's own investment of 9.6 million GBP. The re-opening of the site has been made possible by the decision to introduce low emission taxis in London; Sapa will manufacture the taxis' lightweight bodywork. Production is set to begin towards the end of 2017 and increase steadily over a five year period.