The beleaguered car industry suffered has suffered another blow with the announcement that Pirelli tyres will stage a temporary shutdown at their Carlisle plant.
The tyres factory will effectively close between February 24 and March 4 to ease the burden of the downturn in orders without cutting jobs.
Bosses had hoped to coincide the closure with the half-term holiday, but this was not possible due to arrangements already in place to carry out improvement projects and essential maintenance work at the facility.
A spokesman for Pirelli blamed the temporary cut in production on the continually worsening global economic recession.
He said: ‘During this period it is anticipated there will be around six days shutdown per production department.’
He added: ‘The strong position in the tyre market of Pirelli Industrial in the UK equips the business well to deal with the current exceptional economic climate. The company are constantly reviewing the market situations and the overall global economic position taking necessary actions as required to secure the future of Pirelli Industrial in the UK and its employees.’