Firm has no plans to move jobs away in event of no-deal Brexit
AMAJOR engineering company have said they ‘have no plan’ to move jobs based in Gloucestershire to France in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Amid fears the company could leave Gloucester for France, Safran Landing Systems have confirmed they ‘have taken the necessary steps to avoid any major disruption’ to operational activities.
An article published by the Guardian last week detailed the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on the British aerospace sector; suggesting firms like Safran ‘will repatriate operations if there is a hard Brexit.’
The article was picked up by some media companies, over concerns for the future of the Gloucester-based business and their 1,000 employees.
The Guardian article said: “France’s Safran, which makes aircraft seats and engine casings in the UK, has said it will repatriate operations that do not require heavy investment, if there is a hard Brexit.
“The company has said any move by the UK away from EU regulations is a ‘key risk’ which would make it ‘very difficult’ for the UK and EU aerospace industries to work together.”
In an internal press summary, Safran referenced the Guardian article, leading to some confusion as to whether the repatriation of operations was true.
The summary said: “Safran, which manufactures engines and seats on British soil, says it will, in the event of a no-deal, repatriate operations that do not require heavy investments, such as its maintenance operations.
A spokesman for Safran said: “The Group has more than 4,250 employees and five subsidiaries with operations in the United Kingdom.
“These include Safran Landing Systems, Safran Nacelles, Safran Electrical & Power, Safran Helicopter Engines, Safran Seats, Safran Aerosystem.
“As a hard Brexit is not excluded, Safran has put in place a contingency plan on a ‘no-deal’ scenario, to ensure a smooth continuation of its activities even in the worst case.
“As of today, we believe we have taken the necessary steps to avoid any major disruption of our activities, and have no plan of moving of its subsidiaries out of Britain.”
The spokesperson outlined contingency planning for Safran included:
Transferring Safran EASA approvals outside the UK or asking for third country approvals to ensure all necessary airworthiness certificates validity after March 29.Besides, other necessary adaptations have been implemented, like the customs management system or the status of Safran UK employees.
There has been a lot of speculation about the future of manufacturing companies across Gloucestershire, including G-TEKT in Brockworth, following the announcement that 3,500 jobs will be lost following the closure of a Honda plant in Swindon. phillip.thomp[email protected]plc.com
As of today, we believe we have taken the necessary steps to avoid any major disruption of our activities, and have no plan of moving of its subsidiaries out of Britain Safran spokesman