Honda Motor Europe today started the mass production of the new Civic at the Swindon car plant in the United Kingdom.
The Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) site will also add 500 new jobs in order to meet the forecasted production increase in 2012. Manabu Nishimae, Honda Motor Europe president, reiterated the company’s commitment to building cars and engines in Europe, with Swindon at the heart of Honda’s European manufacturing activities. He added that Honda expects a significant production increase in 2012.
Swindon plant’s director Andy Piatek announced 500 new jobs, as Car Plant 2 will return to a two shift operation in the late spring 2012, thus needing new jobs in addition to the current 3,000 employees. Recruitment will start immediately through HUM’s dedicated website www.hondamanufacturingcareers.co.uk.
In addition to the new Civic and the Jazz, 2012 will see the mass production launch of the new European CR-V SUV, along with the production introduction of a small diesel engine also to be produced at Swindon. Production volume of cars for 2012 is forecast to double to 180,000 units.
“It is a huge vote of confidence in the skills of the Swindon workforce and the current strength of the automotive sector. The decision reinforces the message that the UK remains a great place to manufacture high quality products,” said British Business Minister Mark Prisk.