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Brintons set to end Axminster production at Kidderminster

BrintonsQM2Brintons is set to lose 60 manufacturing jobs at its Kidderminster plant.

The company plans to end the manufacturer of Axminster carpets at the site and has entered a 30 day consultation period with production employees affected by the proposal. If the roles are ended Brintons will reduce the number of production jobs reduced to 53, alongside 89 at its head office.
The company said between 10 and 15 staff could transfer to its Telford operation.
‘Brintons operates in an extremely competitive global marketplace. In order to maintain and strengthen our position as one of the world’s leading suppliers of bespoke carpets, it is vital we constantly review our business operations and are able to respond to prevailing trading conditions. We will where possible, offer new employment opportunities at our Telford plant. The proposed restructure is part of our long-term strategy to safeguard the company’s future interests,’ said Rob Greenfield, Brintons group manufacturing and logistics director.
Brintons said its Stourport Road site in Kidderminster remained an important location within the group. It will continue to house the company’s dyeing plant, which supplies coloured yarn to the European production facilities, Wilton weaving, the warehousing and distribution of residential carpets and the group’s head office.
Unions had previously warned that the company was looking to move production to its lower cost overseas facilities.