United Kingdom
Northern Ireland;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.

120 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
7 October 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 October 2007


An engineering company based in Ballymena in County Antrim has announced its imminent closure. About 120 people are employed at the John Crane UK engineering firm which makes hi-tech components for the oil industry and for Westland Helicopters. Ballymena DUP mayor Tommy Nichol, who is also an employee, said staff have been told most of the work is going. Chris Fox of the Smiths Group which owns John Crane UK, blamed the decision on global manufacturing pressures. John Crane had been been forced to make similar decisions before and closed three operations in Berkshire in 2001 and one in Manchester in 2002, Mr Fox said. 'There will be no job losses before the new year, even then it will be a gradual run down over a two-year period,' he said.


  • 7 October 2005: BBC News


Eurofound (2005), John Crane UK, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 62391, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62391.