Job fears at Weir Group in Billingham

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A SMALL number of jobs could be at risk at a pump firm.

Weir Group, which has its Teesside Service Centre on the Cowpen Lane Industrial Estate in Billingham, has announced plans for an efficiency programme.

The group intends, subject to consultation, to close five small manufacturing facilities. That won’t include Billingham but the Cowpen Lane site will see a small number of jobs at risk of redundancy as part of a consolidation of some of the service centres. The site employs around 30 people.

A spokesman said “regrettably a very small number of roles” were at risk at the Teesside Service Centre, which repairs valves and pumps.

Weir Group issued a statement on its website which said: “A group-wide review was undertaken in the third quarter to identify opportunities to reduce costs, increase customer responsiveness and efficiency while aligning resources globally to capture end market opportunities.”

The statement said the changes would help to deliver benefits of £35m and £20m of that would be realised next year. It added: “It is expected that the majority of the restructuring expense will be provided in the 2014 results although an element may be deferred to 2015.”