Page last updated at 18:58 GMT, Thursday, 25 September 2008 19:58 UK

Car parts plant faces job losses

Land Rover car and sign
Land Rover announced it was cutting production last month

A Carmarthenshire car parts factory is set to make 30 staff redundant, blaming a falling order book.

ThyssenKrupp Tallent in Llanelli said that "very significant reductions" in orders from Land Rover and Bentley had forced a review of its operations.

The German owned company said it would now start consultations with unions over the cuts.

Llanelli AM, Helen Mary Jones said the decision was disappointing for the workers and their community.

"This is another example of the global downturn in the economy and as a result our manufacturing industries are paying the price," she added.

"I will be contacting the Minister for the Economy and Transport, Ieuan Wyn Jones to ensure the security of jobs in the manufacturing industries of Llanelli."


The firm specialises in chassis and suspension parts for the automotive industry.

In a statement on Thursday, a company spokesperson said: "It is with deep regret that the Llanelli plant of ThyssenKrupp Tallent has had to announce up to 30 redundancies today due to the very significant reductions in volume seen from its two main customers Land Rover and Bentley.

"Over the past two years employees, the plant had improved its financial performance considerably making a profit after several years off financial loss as a result of the commitment and teamwork of all its employees.

"So it is particularly frustrating and extremely disappointing for all those at the plant to be hit by this economic downturn."

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