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Howden UK: Around 100 jobs expected to go as east Belfast factory set to close


Howden UK in east Belfast Pic BBC

Howden UK in east Belfast Pic BBC

Howden UK in east Belfast Pic BBC

Howden UK in east Belfast Pic BBC

Around 100 jobs are expected to be lost as an engineering factory in east Belfast is set to close.

Howden UK was set up over 150 years ago and has grown into a worldwide organisation. 

In Belfast, Howden UK manufacture gas and air handling equipment including centrifugal fans, axial fans and rotary heat exchangers.  The company was originally an engineering firm trading as Sirocco Works or Davidsonsbefore becoming part of the Howden group. 

In 2012 Colfax Corporation acquired Howden Group.

A company, which is based at Queen's Road  in a statement said it would "endeavour" to offer the Belfast workers alternative employment.

The statement said the company wanted to "consolidate our manufacturing to fewer sites".

It said: "As part of our ongoing efforts to align our business with the needs of customers Howden has carefully reviewed all of our operations and propose to close our Belfast factory, with some of the current functions and roles transferring to our Renfrew site.

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"The company will fully consult on the proposals with employee representatives and Trades Union representatives immediately, and with individuals potentially affected thereafter. The purpose will be to look at opportunities to minimise the impact of these changes to our associates and the company will endeavour to offer suitable alternative employment to those affected if possible. 

"Howden will continue to focus on ensuring our people are part of a customer focused business which is a competitive and valued supplier to our customers throughout the world."

The workforce was told the news on Friday.

Deputy Alliance party leader Naomi Long has said she is saddened by the closure of the Howden UK factory.

Mrs Long said: “This is concerning news, especially following similar closures in the East Belfast area lately.
“The most important issue is the future of workers there. I have spoken directly to my colleague, Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry, in relation to the staff, so his Department can offer support where required.

“It is vital we work with the community, workers and organisations to help create the conditions where company closures and job losses on this scale become less common, and other organisations see this area as a place to invest.”

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