United Kingdom
Wales; West Wales and The Valleys; Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Material For Textiles, Apparel, Leather And Related Products
Manufacture Of Textiles
13.93 - Manufacture of carpets and rugs

323 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 May 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


A sofa factory in Llantrisant in Rhondda Cynon Taf, south Wales is to close with the loss of 323 jobs.

Its owner, the furniture retailer MFI, has launched a 90-day consultation period, and hopes to find other work for staff. A MFI spokesperson said it had decided it was a better commercial decision to use a number of suppliers rather than one owned by them. The GMB union said it was 'disappointed' and wants talks with MFI as well as local politicians. The plant provides sofas for MFI and Sofa Workshop. Earlier this year, the company unveiled a major restructuring plan aimed at reviving its fortunes. An MFI spokeswoman said staff had been told more than a week ago about the changes and that consultation was already underway.

'We're trying to find other roles where possible for staff,' she said.

Earlier this month, the furniture group announced that retail sales were 19% lower than the same period last year and that it would be looking at its stores and distribution network.


  • 28 February 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), MFI, Outsourcing in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63048, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63048.