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Boeing eyes job cuts at its high-tech Sheffield plant as it slashes 10% of its global workforce amid Covid slump

This Is Money logo This Is Money 02/06/2020 Daily Mail City & Finance Reporter
An external view of the Boeing Sheffield factory, the aerospace company's first manufacturing facility in Europe, in Sheffield, northern England on October 25, 2018. - The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing inaugurated its first plant in Europe in the north of England on Thursday, which will produce high value-added components and is a symbol of the Brexit approach. The opening of the site was celebrated with great pomp in the late morning in Sheffield in the presence of senior executives of the aircraft manufacturer and British politicians. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images) An external view of the Boeing Sheffield factory, the aerospace company's first manufacturing facility in Europe, in Sheffield, northern England on October 25, 2018. - The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing inaugurated its first plant in Europe in the north of England on Thursday, which will produce high value-added components and is a symbol of the Brexit approach. The opening of the site was celebrated with great pomp in the late morning in Sheffield in the presence of senior executives of the aircraft manufacturer and British politicians. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Boeing is considering cutting jobs at its high-tech plant in Sheffield as it battles to survive the coronavirus crisis.

The US plane maker is slashing as much as 10 per cent of its global workforce after the Covid-19 outbreak caused a slump in air travel.

Boeing opened the £40million factory in South Yorkshire in late 2018.

Job cuts: US plane maker Boeing opened the £40m factory in South Yorkshire in late 2018 © Provided by This Is Money Job cuts: US plane maker Boeing opened the £40m factory in South Yorkshire in late 2018

It was the company’s first manufacturing site in Europe and makes parts used on the wings of its 737 and 767 jets, which are then shipped to Oregon in the US for assembly.

The site is on the edge of the high-tech Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Boeing employs around 75 people there, about a third of whom are apprentices.

It was part of the manufacturer’s broader plan to make more components in-house rather than using outsourcers. Any cuts would dash hopes that it could become a big employer in the area.

Boeing intended to expand there and was even thought to be looking at opening a second site nearby.

But it is in the process of cutting around 12,000 of its 160,000 workers – and has said thousands of additional roles will be eliminated during the next few months.

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Boeing said: ‘We are taking several actions, including reducing commercial aircraft production rates and staffing levels.

‘This may involve a reduction in numbers in some parts of Boeing’s UK workforce. We are committed to the UK and to Sheffield.’

Global air travel has come virtually to a halt since March, when countries began lockdown measures. In the US alone air travel dropped by 96 per cent.

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