Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
South West; Gloucestershire; Wiltshire and North Somerset
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products
22.11 - Manufacture of rubber tyres and tubes; retreading and rebuilding of rubber tyres

300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 October 2018
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 August 2019


Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, based in Melksham, Wiltshire, has announced that it intends to cease its light vehicle tyre production. As a consequence, 300 of the 732 jobs at the site will be lost. Workers have reportedly been issued with letters stating that because of the factory's size and age, it does not afford the economies of scale of other plants. There is speculation that production could be relocated to Serbia, US or China. The statutory consultation process has started with the trade unions, who have pledged to examine the business case for redundancies. A spokesperson for the Unite union commented that it would be unlikely, given the scale of the restructure, that redundancies could be achieved on a voluntary basis. It is expected that the restructure will be complete in 10 months.



Eurofound (2018), Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 95663, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/95663.