Bentley production scaled down

Posted on 5 Sep 2008 by The Manufacturer

The Volkswagen-owned luxury car brand Bentley is following in the footsteps of Land Rover in cutting production at its UK plant in Crewe while demand for high-end value models is low.

Staff at the factory will work a three-day week until at least the end of the year and possible beyond, the firm said. Though working one less shift than usual, wages are set to remain the same.

The announcement is similar to one made last week by Land Rover which has cut production at its Solihull plant in the West Midlands, though, in that case, staff will lend their talents to the company’s sister brand Jaguar instead.

Bentley has recorded a 16 per cent decrease in sales in the year-to-date which includes a 46 per cent fall in June.