Honda of the UK Manufacturing
(Private limited company)
|Headquarters||Swindon, Wiltshire, UK|
|Owner||Honda Motor Company|
Number of employees
|Parent||Honda Motor Co., Ltd|
Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd. (informally HUM) is a United Kingdom–based manufacturing subsidiary of the multinational automotive company Honda. HUM operates a number[clarification needed] of manufacturing plants, at a site in Swindon, which include casting, engine assembly, pressing, welding, painting, and car assembly activities. HUM employs around 3,400 people at the plants, which occupy a site covering around 370 acres. Honda has made a total investment of over £1.5 billion in the Swindon plants. In 2008, the Swindon site produced 230,423 cars.
Honda's decision to invest in production facilities in Swindon came as a result of Honda's collaboration with British Leyland (BL). (Note Much of the engine manufacturing equipment was shipped to Japan and has most recently been used in the production of the companies F1 power plant) (later the Rover Group), which started in 1979. HUM was established in 1985 and production at the engine plant began in 1989. In 1992, production of the Honda Accord began in Swindon, and a second engine line was installed. In 1994 production of the Honda Civic began in Swindon. In August 2000, it was revealed that United Kingdom–manufactured Honda cars would be exported to Japan for the first time.
The first Honda to be built in Britain had been the Triumph Acclaim - a badge engineered version of the first generation Honda Ballade, a four-door saloon which slotted into the range between the Civic and Accord and was produced between 1981 and 1984 at BL's Cowley plant in Oxford, although the Honda badged version of the car was never officially sold in the United Kingdom. However the second generation Ballade was produced at Longbridge plant alongside the mechanically similar Rover 200 Series, and both cars competed with each other in the marketplace. The Ballade's successor, the Concerto, was also a Rover-based design which was produced at Longbridge along side the near-identical R8 generation Rover 200 Series.
In September 2001, HUM opened a second car assembly plant in Swindon, creating an additional 200 jobs at the site. In December 2001, workers at the Swindon plants voted to form a union, and be represented by the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union. In 2002, production of the Honda Accord ended at Swindon. In October 2002, Ken Keir, the then–managing director of HUM, stated that Honda would maintain vehicle production in the United Kingdom. This was irrespective of whether or not it joined the Eurozone.
In September 2006, it was announced that Honda would be recruiting an additional 700 workers for the Swindon plants, and raising production of vehicles at the site by 32% to 250,000. In February 2008 it was announced that Honda would be making an £80 million investment in new production facilities at the Swindon site for the manufacture of plastic car parts and metal castings for engines.
On 30 January 2009, it was announced that direct workers at the Swindon site would be laid off for four months until 1 June, with full-pay for the first two months of the period and about half-pay for the remainder. If the employee fell under the indirect staff or maintenance heading they, instead, would lose approximately £1500 and be forced to remain at work. In October 2009, HUM began production of the Honda Jazz.
In September 2012, Honda announced a £267 million investment programme the Swindon site. This was to support the introduction of new models of the Civic and CR-V, and a new 1.6-litre diesel engine. The investment would take total investment at the site to around £1.5 billion, and would increase the workforce to 3,500.
Cars manufactured at Honda Manufacturing UK
Former Cars manufactured at Honda Manufacturing UK
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