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Total Polyfilm

Total Polyfilm

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s): Brighouse (West Yorkshire) and Bamber Bridge (Preston)


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of rubber and plastics products, and other non-metallic mineral products
22.21 - Manufacture of plastic plates, sheets, tubes and profiles
Number Employed: 206

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 18-09-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 189
Planned Job Reductions max: 206
Type of Restructuring: Bankruptcy
Employment Effect Start: 18-09-2019

Additional Information

Polythene film manufacturing company Total Polyfilm announced the termination of production, resulting in the dismissal of the majority of its 206 employees. According to reports, 189 employees across the company's two sites have received redundancy notices. The remaining 17 employees are retained while the administrators seek to sell the business and its remaining assets. The company points to a severe fire at its Preston site in 2016 as the cause of its trading problems ever since. Even though the facility was subsequently rebuilt, the business lost customers and never fully recovered.