United Kingdom
Wales; West Wales and The Valleys; Central Valleys
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Fabricated Metal Products, Except Machinery And Equipment
25 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
New offshoring locations

150 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 September 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The security group Chubb has intimated that it is transferring production at a south Wales fire extinguisher factory to China and would be cutting more than 150 jobs. The move will come as a blow to the workers at the plant in Ferndale, who wanted management to give its backing to an alternative proposal that would have seen the factory expanded. Eric Patry, president of Chubb Continental Europe, said: ‘Chubb's long history of production in Wales has made this a very difficult decision so we have taken the time to evaluate all our options. I believe transferring production to China is the best way for us to continue to provide our customers with a high quality product at a competitive price.’


  • 1 October 2004: The Guardian


Eurofound (2004), Chubb, Offshoring/Delocalisation in United Kingdom, factsheet number 60541, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60541.