Johnson Matthey may shed up to 100 jobs

PUBLISHED: 12:01 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

UP TO 100 workers at a Royston factory may be in line to lose their jobs. Johnson Matthey has announced that it will be consulting staff about cutbacks at its plant at Orchard Road, Royston. These are likely to include about 100 redundancies, and changes

UP TO 100 workers at a Royston factory may be in line to lose their jobs.

Johnson Matthey has announced that it will be consulting staff about cutbacks at its plant at Orchard Road, Royston.

These are likely to include about 100 redundancies, and changes to shift patterns of remaining workers.

John Gourd, Johnson Matthey's site planning and service director, said: "Because of to the impact of the global economic crisis and the affect that the resulting decline on car sales has had on the business, Johnson Matthey is seeking formal consultation on a number of possible measures affecting the Royston factory."

The company, which manufactures parts for catalytic converters at its Royston plant, is the largest employer in the town.

News of possible redundancies comes seven months after the firm announced record profits of £265.4 million, a rise of 16 per cent on the previous year.

Mr Gourd added: "The company will be working closely with its employees, elected representatives, and recognised trade union, Community, to look at the various options which are available, and to help safeguard as many jobs as possible.

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