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|Swindon is safe, says Honda UK boss|
|Tuesday, 15 March 2011 13:32|
A senior executive at car giant Honda has reassured workers at its Swindon plant that the company's UK operations are "safe" despite the disruption caused by the earthquake in Japan.
Honda has stopped production of cars and motorcycles at its five major factories in Japan for a week, while the impact of the earthquake is assessed.
Paul Ormond, Honda's general manager for corporate affairs in the UK, acknowledged that it was "not easy" for the firm's British operations to deal with the disruption to component supply caused by the shutdown.
But he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Tuesday that operations were continuing at the Swindon plant in Wiltshire - which employs around 3,000 people. And he insisted: "Swindon is safe."
Mr Ormond said: "We have closed all five of the major plants in Japan building cars and motorcycles for one week.
"The purpose of that is to look at safety checks, to look at the infrastructure around the plants and to get in touch with all our component suppliers."
The decision taken by Honda's emergency committee to halt production was prompted in part by the desire to ensure that energy supplies were available for people dealing with the immediate impact of the quake, he added.
Asked whether events in Japan may mean the company's UK operation running out of the components it needs to continue production, Mr Ormond said: "We have two teams - one here and one in Japan - looking at the future element of components to ensure we don't have that problem, looking at counter-measures and alternatives.
"It's not going to be easy but I'm sure we are going to overcome it. Swindon is safe."
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