Mann+Hummel Group is proposing to close its main manufacturing facility at Hilton Cross Business Park in Wolverhampton, UK.

The decision will affect around 230 employees, with manufacturing relocating within Mann+Hunmmel’s European network.

The Wolverhampton manufacturing operations are expected to be fully closed by the end of 2022.

Mann+Hummel says that the decision to close the Wolverhampton plant is driven by a difficult market environment, declining manufacturing volume, and the automotive industry undergoing a structural transition throughout Europe.

“Over the past months, several opportunities have been presented and evaluated to improve the plant’s competitiveness. Unfortunately, we concluded that savings or other measures could not offset the dramatic decline in volume,” said Marco Heck, Mann+Hummel’s senior vice president Operations Europe Automotive Systems. “We know that the decision to close the plant will be more than difficult for our employees, and we are committed to work in close cooperation with our negotiation partners.”

Mann+Hummel remains active in the UK market.