Rolls-Royce factory to close to avoid Brexit chaos
With increased uncertainty over the end outcome of Brexit, Rolls-Royce has decided to close its UK factory when the country leaves
Rolls-Royce will cease production during the period the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union next year in an attempt to avoid the logistical chaos that the departure may bring.
Most automotive companies, including Rolls-Royce, have a 'summer shutdown' where production is slowed or brought to a halt entirely and only structural work is supposed to take place, such as maintaining facilities, cleaning out ventilation systems and restructuring the factory floor to make it compatible with the ever-changing demands of car production.
More on Rolls-Royce
- Muhammad Ali's Rolls is up for auction next week!
- Rolls-Royce pay homage with new ‘Silver Ghost’ collection
- Get your hands on the height of British luxury through our classifieds
Rolls-Royce's factory shutdown is to coincide with the planned departure from the European Union on March 29. The Goodwood plant will be closed for two weeks, giving Rolls-Royce time to react to whatever the result is of the UK's two year negotiations with the EU. Mini, which like Rolls-Royce is owned by BMW, will bring forward its summer shutdown for its Oxford plant to the same dates.
BMW previously had to clarify on comments that suggested it would shut down its UK factories during the immediate post-Brexit period or move the production of some of its cars outside of Britain, with BMW UK boss Ian Robertson saying in June that 'we are committed to our operations in the UK, our workforce here'.
It appears that stance has changed now, with Rolls-Royce stating that: 'While we believe that a hard and possibly disruptive Brexit is unlikely, as a responsible company we need to plan for the most challenging potential outcome. Our decisions have to be made in the best interest of our business, our workforce and our customers at the appropriate time, based on the best information available.'
'The shutdown is scheduled to allow essential maintenance and rebalancing to take place during the first full production year for Cullinan. The timing has also been planned to coincide with the UK’s departure from the EU on 29 March 2019, as a mitigation measure for any resulting supply chain interruptions.'
Although the cars are built in Britain, the automotive industry is a heavily globalised ecosystem, and the variety of models that Rolls-Royce and Mini offers means that supply chains extended way beyond the borders of the UK.
Earlier in the year, Financial Times released comments from BMW's customs manager, Stephan Freismuth, who explained the potential implication of Brexit, and led to BMW UK having to make a response.
'We always said that we can do our best and prepare everything, but if at the end of the day the supply chain will have a stop at the border, we can't produce our products in the UK.'
Classic Cars for Sale
Now is the time for you to experience one of the most striking and stylish sports cars of all time, the Series I covered headlight 4.2 E-type roadster. It is an ionic design with incredible performance and beauty.
This beautiful Bahama yellow 1971 Porsche 911T has just undergone the most thorough “nut & bolt “restauration. The car was fully restored to its factory specifications with unmitigated attention to detail and authenticity. The use of proper plating techniques, colour selections, materials replacement and exact reproduction of Porsche factory original parts have resulted in a one of a kind stun
Very nice 1966 Ford Mustang V8 Coupe. This 1966 Mustang coupe just arrived out of sunny Florida and all duties for Europe are already paid. This Mustang is in very good overall condition. Absolutely no rust on body or undercarriage, The 289 V8 engine runs strong and the automatic gearbox shifts great. This Mustang has nice paint and all chrome trim is in good condition. The black leather int
This 1973 Jensen Interceptor MKIII original right hand drive with all matching numbers automatic has been restored to a very good standard. Beautiful silver paint with black vinyl roof with a steel sunroof. With only 74,000 miles on the clock, the car is a real head turner, sounds and drives as well as it looks.