Live: Rolls Royce to close Annesley site amid aviation crisis caused by coronavirus pandemic

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Rolls Royce has confirmed its intention to close its Annesley site in Nottinghamshire. It comes after the East Midlands company, which has a major aerospace base in Derby as well as factories in Hucknall and Annesley, announced losses of “at least” 9,000 jobs.

The company, which employs tens of thousands of people, said it was affected but the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic,

A company spokesperson said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has created a historic shock in civil aviation that will take several years to recover.

“The demand for our civil aerospace products and services has declined dramatically and we have had to make some difficult, but necessary, decisions to position ourselves for the future.

“It is with great sadness that today we told our Annesley employees that we are proposing to close the site.

“Due to the significant reduction in demand for our products and services, following the COVID-19 pandemic, we no longer have the workload necessary to support operations.

“We are currently consulting with unions and employee representatives, and will be looking at all mitigation options, including offering to transfer our staff to Derby.

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“Today’s news will naturally be of great concern to all who work at Annesley, and our number one priority is to provide support to our employees and their families.

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