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Swedish closure sparks fears for UK C&A plants

The US car parts manufacturer which was named General Motors' worldwide supplier of the year 2002 has declined to comment on speculation that its European facilities are under threat after announcing the closure of one of its Scandinavian plants. Michigan based Collins & Aikman Corporation confirms it is to shut its operation in Hogsater, Sweden - which makes NVH components for Volvo and Jaguar cars.

The company specialises in cockpit modules and automotive floor and acoustic systems, and is a world leading supplier of instrument panels, fabrics, trims and convertible top systems. Worldwide it has more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 plants in 15 countries.

Its British automotive OE and aftermarket manufacture, supply and design facilities are in Alcester, Carlisle, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Redditch, St Neots, Stourport-on-Severn, Sunderland and Walkden. Collins & Aikman says the Swedish shutdown follows a global review of profitability.

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