The company moved to Tonypandy as part of the UK Government’s encouragement to boost jobs in South Wales following WW2 and it started production in 1947 for Land Rover.
Work expanded and it was a significant supplier to car and light commercial vehicles over the next 70 years but the contraction in vehicle manufacturing in the UK combined with the global decline of the automotive sector along with the disruption caused by the Covid pandemic and semi-conductor shortages has made the plant unsustainable.
In a statement issued this week, Allevard, which has been part of the Sogefi Group since 1999, said it is in “a loss-making situation with no pathway to return to profitability.”
It has told its workers and representatives of the Unite union that closure is inevitable and the situation will be discussed with stakeholders and customers.
“We remain committed to working with our employees to mitigate the impact of a closure and complying with our social responsibility to those affected,” it said.