By Alex Kapadia
The Pirelli tyres plant in Carlisle is set to close for another five-day shut down at the end of the month.
Despite signs for optimism just a few weeks ago, the Italian tyres manufacturer announced that they have been forced to take action because of the continued low level of demand for tyres across Europe.
Bosses had increased production at the Carlisle factory during May as a response to an expected stabilisation of the market, which has been hit by the problems dogging the recession-hit car market.
Staff at the beleaguered plant had been boosted by the decision to return to a full working week, however, Pirelli stressed the situation was under constant review.
A statement said: “It should, however, be emphasised that due to a great deal of volatility in the economy, regular reviews will be ongoing to ensure the stability and viability of Pirelli in the UK.”
Now Pirelli plant chiefs have admitted that unfortunately demand had, in the short term, not matched their earlier “optimistic prediction”.
The shutdown – the latest in a series at the Dalston Road factory this year – will take place between June 27 and July 1, according to the News and Star newspaper.