United Kingdom
West Midlands; Herefordshire; Worcestershire and Warwickshire
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
23 - Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
New offshoring locations
Germany, India

120 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
21 September 2007
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2008


Morganite Crucible, a firm that manufactures crucibles, is to close its site in Norton in Worcestershire with the loss of 120 jobs. The jobs are to be ‘offshored’ to Germany and India, and the site is to close at some time in 2008. A training taskforce has been set up by local authorities to help affected employees, and a team from Jobcentre Plus, an organization that helps jobseekers, is to go to the site to advise employees. Worcester Labour MP Michael Foster stated: 'It is important that the workers get the chance to see what is available for them, either in new jobs or with new training opportunities. Obviously it is a real blow to see Morganite closing down its manufacturing operations. They have been part of the local scene since 1939.'


  • 21 September 2007: BBC Website


Eurofound (2007), Morganite Crucible, Offshoring/Delocalisation in United Kingdom, factsheet number 65830, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65830.