A decision by
one of Leamingtons best known companies to shed nearly 200 jobs is being blamed on
the ceasing in production of the Mini.
AP Hydraulics, part of the Tachbrook Road-based AP Group has announced that it will cut
its workforce by 40% in the next 30 months.
Currently the company employs around 500 people but 190 of these will be made redundant
as a result of this announcement.
Bosses at the company are claiming that recent news that the famous Mini car would no
longer be made has contributed significantly to this decision.
Managing director of AP Products Dave Nesbitt believes losing such a contract would
effect any company.
"The Mini contract has been an exceptional one for us and a very difficult one to
replace because of its size and breadth.
"Naturally we are sad to have to reduce jobs but we stress that through our
investment programme we are building the strength of the company for the future."
AP was a major supplier to the Mini, which will cease production in June this year, and
is now looking for other ways to increase its business, including investing in new areas.
It is hoping to become a specialist OEM manufacturer of braking systems and components,
and Nesbitt is certain this is the way forward.
"We have taken a long hard look at our position and formed the view that there are
certain areas in which we can provide a highly competitive product and service to our
"It is in these areas that we will concentrate our efforts and upgrade our
facilities to optimise our performance to customers and build for the long term future of
Most employees at the factory will be offered voluntary redundancy and AP are hoping
that they can meet the 190 figure without compulsory action.
Nesbitt admitted that the decision to reduce the workforce had to be taken in order to
keep APs prices at a low enough level.
"We supply an extremely competitive industry and we need to reduce costs through
greater efficiency while at the same time continuously improving quality.
"These are the major priorities in everything we do and this latest investment
underlines our commitment to the future success of AP Hydraulics."