130 jobs at Bedwas factory to help make new London cabs

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 19, 2017

More than 130 jobs are to be created in Bedwas over the next five years with the reopening of a mothballed aluminium factory.

Sapa will invest £9.6m to revive the aluminium plant in Bedwas, Wales, which will produce 148 components and eventually employ 130 workers.

It will also supply parts for other customers in the vehicle industry.

The first customer to be supplied goods made at the refurbished facility will be the London Electric Vehicle Company, which is developing a zero-emissions taxi for the capital's polluted streets.

The investment is backed by £550,000 from the Welsh Government, which helped bring the project to Wales, despite competition from another European facility.

Calvin Carpenter, MD Sapa Component UK, said: "This is a proud day as it is a culmination of almost three years working with London Taxi throughout its development phases to enable us to supply major body components to the "new state of the art" facility in Ansty, Coventry".

Although the reopening of the plant will return the same number of jobs lost in 2014, there is potential for hundreds of additional jobs in future. Materials used in the plant will be sourced from Spain. Production is due to start in the final months of 2017, with a steady increase over the next five years.

Recent surveys of manufacturers have found reluctance to invest in their operations at a time of heightened uncertainty over Brexit.

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "The opening will create a range of new job opportunities and give a new lease of life to the area".

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