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Concerns for manufacturing jobs

Monday April 9th 2012

Union officials have voiced fears for hundreds of jobs after a manufacturing company established in 1867 called in receivers.

Birkby's Plastics of Liversedge, West Yorkshire, which employs 370 workers, moulds and assembles plastic products for the automotive and specialist engineering industry, including mud flaps, glove box assemblies, accelerator pedals and seat back covers.

Joint administrator Hunter Kelly from Ernst & Young said: "We have undertaken an extensive sales process to identify a purchaser since the beginning of the year. Some interest was expressed, but none resulted in an acceptable offer for the business and assets.

"The company has been operating at a loss for a few years, a position it could no longer maintain. Birkby's will continue to supply major customers, while we identify alternative suppliers. We are grateful to the employees, suppliers and clients for their continued support."

Tim Roache, of the GMB union, said: "This is very bad news. West Yorkshire cannot afford to lose almost 400 manufacturing jobs. GMB will seek urgent talks with the administrators to see what options there are to save these jobs."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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