EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Vestas Wind Systems

Company/Organisation:
Vestas Wind Systems

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Isle of Wight; Hampshire and Isle of Wight; South East
Location of affected unit(s): Newport

Company

Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
28 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Number Employed: 600

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 29-04-2009
Planned Job Reductions min: 600
Planned Job Reductions max: 600
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 30-06-2009
Foreseen End Date: 30-06-2009

Additional Information

Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems is to make 600 job cuts in the UK when it closes its Isle of White factory in June. The company blames the reduced demand in Northern Europe and intends to expand in China and the US, where demand is greater. There will be a 2 - 3 month consultation with workers, to give career and retraining support, advice and guidance to those affected. The TUC's general secretary said the UK job losses "would not only be a blow to the emerging green sector, but would also be a personal tragedy for the hundreds of workers affected locally."