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Windsor & Newton Paint Supplies Factory To Relocate To France

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Another sad loss , will there be any iconic British manufacturers left making stuff in the UK in 20 years?

http://www.harrowobserver.co.uk/west-london-news/local-harrow-news/2010/07/30/mp-raises-concern-over-potential-closure-of-factory-116451-26966341/

THE potential closure of a Wealdstone factory with the loss of 190 jobs has been raised in Parliament by the local MP.

Labour's Gareth Thomas (pictured), MP for Harrow West, spoke in the House of Commons about a proposal by ColArt Art and Graphics to shut its site in Whitefriars Drive and relocate production of Windsor and Newton art materials to a sister complex in Le Mans, France.

He cited it as an example of an investigation the BBC could run during a debate marking the summer adjournment that allows members to raise any issue they like.

He said afterwards: "The local shop stewards of Unite and a number of the staff met with me last week and they are understandably want to know why the move to France needs to happen at all, given that the company have apparently made clear the factory in Wealdstone is profitable.

"The key question is: if the company is set on rationalising its premises why is the France site at Le Mans being favoured over the UK site one given that according to the company’s own figures the UK site is more profitable?”

ColArt previously told the Observer the relocation was required because the company wanted to reduce its six worldwide sites to five and, unlike the French factory, the Wealdstone site, which opened in 1937, could not be expanded to absorb additional work from elsewhere.

The 90-day consultation with workers was announced on July 1 but the Unite union has vowed to fight the closure.

Harrow councillors have suggested to ColArt bosses a new factory could be built on the vacant Kodak site in Headstone Drive.

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You can guess how much the land would cost to expand the site or move to bigger premises in the UK.

Rip off Britain really doesn;t deserve to have any manufacturing left. The MP for Harrow West should ask himself some serious questions about Labour's policies on planning regulations and bubble economcs to find the answer.

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The poster paints a very grim picture indeed, It puts high land prices firmly in the frame.

I think the press will try and brush this off with the usual the gallery of excuses but I think they are making a bit of an exhibition of themselves by not exploring the full palet of reasons.

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The poster paints a very grim picture indeed, It puts high land prices firmly in the frame.

I think the press will try and brush this off with the usual the gallery of excuses but I think they are making a bit of an exhibition of themselves by not exploring the full palet of reasons.

Hard on workers who are old; masters of their craft, every one

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Stories like these paint a grim picture for UK manufacturing

Thats a very broad brush statement. If they could start with a blank canvas where would they locate to today ?

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Thats a very broad brush statement. If they could start with a blank canvas where would they locate to today ?

Gloss-ter or Matt-lock?

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Another sad loss , will there be any iconic British manufacturers left making stuff in the UK in 20 years?

http://www.harrowobserver.co.uk/west-london-news/local-harrow-news/2010/07/30/mp-raises-concern-over-potential-closure-of-factory-116451-26966341/

Probably because shutting the French site would bankrupt the company in redundancies payments etc?

However, the same things apply to someone setting up a new site - they probably will choose uk over france (who wants to open

a site that they cannot shut down without hell lot of pain)

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Quiet shocking how we are losing jobs to France. Obviously when multi national's are looking to cut capacity British factories are easier to close. Because we are just as competitive as the French.

I worked for Dunlop Tyres untill 2000 when it was taken over by Goodyear. Obviously with a merger that size capacity was going to be cut. I remember the union rep saying don't worry on a league table of factories the Fort in Birmingham was near the top for competitiveness. It was the first to go, since then the other Dunlop factory in Washington Tyne & Wear has gone, the Goodyear factory in Wolverhampton has gone. Dunlop still has a factory in France............................... :ph34r: ...........THIS COUNTRY IS F**KED...........

Just to add there is a massive Goodyear/Dunlop tyre warehouse on the site of the old Fort Dunlop in Birmingham, ALL the tyres are imported from abroad................. :lol:

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You can guess how much the land would cost to expand the site or move to bigger premises in the UK.

Rip off Britain really doesn;t deserve to have any manufacturing left. The MP for Harrow West should ask himself some serious questions about Labour's policies on planning regulations and bubble economcs to find the answer.

The answer ought to be, move out of Britain and the British market is closed to you.

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The answer ought to be, move out of Britain and the British market is closed to you.

Maybe not that far, but obstacles and hurdles need to be put up to discourage certainly.

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The importance of people

Like William and Henry themselves, the company is at its best when combining art and science. This we are able to continue to do by having artists amongst our staff in many departments including technical, engineering and marketing.

We believe experience is our strength and with over 20% of our employees with more than 25 years service, we all enjoy each other’s company and our everyday challenges for most of our working lives.

But not the importance of UK people.

...we all enjoy each other’s company and our everyday challenges... Yeah right we believe you :lol::lol:

Next thing they'll be talking about their mission or some other such bull.

New canvas and colour factories

In order to meet a greater worldwide demand, at the beginning of the 21st century we established two new canvas factories in China and India to make our canvas and canvas boards. In the 1990’s we also became the first colour company to enter a joint venture in China to supply the Chinese continent with better quality colour for their artists.

Why don't they just buzz off to China or India like the rest off 'em. They already have factories there.

Take their HQ and their board with them.

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