Honda increases UK production and announces 700 new jobs

Honda chose press day at the Paris Motor Show to announce its continued commitment to the Swindon plant and to British manufacturing. The factory already employs 4,200 employees and bringing a further 700 new workers to the operation, will allow Honda to achieve its full production potential, increasing production to a quarter of a million units by the end of 2007. Following recent other UK investment announcements by BMW and Nissan, this is further recognition and reward for the efficiency and quality of British car workers. Honda will produce 190,000 cars in the UK in 2006. The extra production volume is required to meet the unprecedented European demand for the all new Civic 5 door and 3 door models, exclusively built in Swindon. In the first eight months of 2006, Honda Motor Europe has sold more Civics than in the whole of 2005, a 30% uplift. In addition, the all new Honda CR-V, which makes its world debut at the Paris Motor Show, will be built in Swindon and will go on sale from January 2007. Speaking to media at the Paris Motor Show, Takeo Fukui, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said, ‘We plan to increase output of both the CR-V and the Civic in our Swindon, UK plant from next spring, taking Swindon up to its full capacity of 250,000 units on a yearly basis, within 2007’ Announcing the increase at Honda Swindon, Dave Hodgetts, Director of Planning and Administration at Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd commented: ‘This next phase of development for Honda is a massive vote of confidence in all our Associates working at the Swindon Plant and clearly demonstrates Honda’s long-term commitment to the region and to British manufacturing’ Recruitment will start immediately and whilst the majority of roles are in Production, there are also employment opportunities for Purchasing Specialists and Maintenance Engineers. Honda celebrated 20 years of its Swindon operation earlier this year and is able to achieve this next phase of development with increased efficiency and without the need for any further investment in plant infrastructure to the £1.33 billion already invested by Honda.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

OSU soccer falls to Virginia Tech in double overtime

Ohio State then-sophomore Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball through a group of Michigan players during a soccer game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Nov. 4, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team lost 1-0 in double overtime to Virginia Tech in their first game of the 2016 season. Hokies forward Marcelo Acuna scored the game winner in the 106th minute on a header from eight yards out on a far cross from forward Alessandro Mion.  Prior to the start of the game, the Buckeyes held a moment of silence in remembrance of teammate Fikayo Idowu, who tragically passed away this June. The team will wear patches that read “FI14” to honor him.Defense reigned supreme in the match, as neither team was able to find the back of the net through two regulation periods and the first overtime period.“I was pleased with us defensively,” coach John Bluem said. “They came at us with a lot of different things and we fought it off. There were definitely some positives defensively.”Both teams looked sluggish out of the gate, only managing a combined five shots in the first period.The first shot of the game for either team came in the 13th minute after Ohio State sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed created space up the middle with a few dribble moves. He then passed it to senior forward Christian Soldat, who fired a shot at net that went right to Hokie goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard. It was the only shot on goal of the half for either team.The Hokies came out firing in the second period, outshooting Ohio State 5-0 early on.Virginia Tech had a good scoring opportunity to start out the period but failed to score on an open net as the shot from forward Som Essome in the 49th minute went wide left.After a yellow card by Hokie midfielder James Kasak in the 83rd minute, Ohio State was given a free kick that senior defender Austin Bergstrom shot high over the net.  Both teams had more opportunities in the two overtime periods, but it was Virginia Tech that came out on top.“We get the feeling of playing and understand that this is what a loss feels like,” Bergstrom said. “All the guys have this taste in their mouth and they are never going to want it again.”Ohio State looks to regroup against UC Santa Barbara this Sunday Aug. 28 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.“It’s a little bit bitter to lose late like that but the only thing we can do is talk to the guys and get ready for Sunday,” Bluem said. “There is no reason to panic. It was a tough game. Breaks did not go our way and they got one and we didn’t.” read more