EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Westland Augusta

Westland Augusta

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Somerset; Dorset and Somerset; South West
Location of affected unit(s): Yeovil


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
30 - Manufacture of other transport equipment
Number Employed: 4000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 31-01-2005
Planned Job Reductions min: 640
Planned Job Reductions max: 640
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-05-2005

Additional Information

The helicopter maker AgustaWestland is to cut 640 jobs because of a shortage of orders, the company announced at the end of January 2005. The jobs will go from May 2005 at the company's Yeovil plant in Somerset, which employs around 4,000 workers. AugustaWestland said the jobs were going following the successful completion of the Merlin and Apache helicopter orders at the end of last year. AugustaWestland said it was ‘proceeding with a programme to bring employment levels into line with the current and potential order book’. Workers were told that 550 full time jobs in Westland Helicopters and a further 90 full time jobs in the transmissions business will be cut, leaving the workforce at 3,300.