The MANN+HUMMEL Group, a leading filtration expert, is proposing to close its main manufacturing facility at Hilton Cross Business Park in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, as it continues to review its operational footprint. With the closing of this Wolverhampton production facility, all manufacturing will be relocated within the European MANN+HUMMEL network.
The decision will affect around 230 employees. The manufacturing operations are expected to be fully closed by the end of 2022. MANN+HUMMEL remains active with all its business offerings and services in the United Kingdom.
“Over the past months, several opportunities have been presented and evaluated to improve the plant’s competitiveness. Unfortunately, we concluded that savings or other measures could not offset the dramatic decline in volume. We know that the decision to close the plant will be more than difficult for our employees, and we are committed to work in close cooperation with our negotiation partners,” said Marco Heck, senior vice president operations Europe Automotive Systems.
The decision to close the Wolverhampton plant results from a difficult market environment, declining manufacturing volume, and the entire automotive industry undergoing a structural transition throughout Europe. MANN+HUMMEL Group says it will focus even more on filtration products and continues to intensify its activities in the Life Sciences & Environment business unit.