Clarks to close UK manufacturing plant

United Kingdom
Published:  18 January, 2019

The footwear manufacturer and retail chain has failed to reach the targets set for its factory located in Street, a town in the English county of Somerset.

Clarks will maintain its UK headquarters in Street but will close its ‘robot-assisted technology’ factory, with 49 members of staff to be made redundant. “Despite best efforts, we have determined that the levels of production and cost targets we hoped for will not be reached in the short to medium term. We are therefore proposing to cease production and close the facility and will now enter a period of consultation into the viability of Morelight”, said a Spokesperson at Clarks. Morelight, a pilot of Clarks manufacturing concept in Street, was announced in 2017.

The Company started manufacturing shoes in the county in 1825 but moved production to Asia in 2005. The last remaining Clarks plant in the UK, Millom in Cumbria, closed in 2006. As previously reported by ILM, Clarks had planned to produce up to 300,000 pairs a year of its desert boots at the factory.

Sources: BBC/ITV