Britishvolt falls into administration
Britishvolt administration ‘potentially catastrophic’ for both the North East and UK’s automotive transition
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Britishvolt, which was planning to build a giga-battery factory in Northumberland, has today (January 17) announced that it is going into administration.
Unite national officer for the automotive sector Steve Bush said, “This is a grim day for the North East and for the just transition to the electrification of the nation’s automotive sector.
“The complete lack of a competent industrial strategy by the government to protect jobs in the UK automotive sector is becoming potentially more catastrophic by the day.
“It is extraordinary that despite the UK automotive sector being required to move to the production of electric vehicles, there are still no UK stand-alone factories making the batteries that are required. The demise of Britishvolt means there are not even any in the pipeline.
“The government’s strategy seems to be to cross their fingers and hope that everything will be ok. The workers in the automotive sector are frankly enraged at this dreadful and total abdication of leadership.”
By Barckley Sumner