Avon to stay in Wales; 50 jobs saved

RIB maker reverses a decision to close its Llanelli plant, saving more that 50 jobs

More than 50 jobs have been saved after Avon Inflatables reversed a decision to close a factory in Llanelli, Wales.

Workers at the plant had been preparing for a lean Christmas, with the first redundancies expected in December. But Zodiac Marine & Pool (ZMP), which owns Avon Inflatables, announced today that the plant would remain open.

The manufacture of leisure boats will now cease as planned, but the production of military and commercial vessels at the factory will continue.

A number of staff will still be made redundant, but it is hoped these cuts can be covered by a voluntary redundancy programme.

Alan Morgan, joint MD of Avon, said: “While there will still be very limited and regrettable redundancies, the overall decision is a fantastic one for Avon, for our skilled workforce here at Llanelli and for Welsh manufacturing.”