As ventilation firm shuts...

CS Wind deals jobs hammer blow to renewables industry

CS Wind cutting back

The UK’s only manufacturer of onshore and offshore wind towers, CS Wind in Argyll, is axing 73 of its 94 workers because of a lack of orders.

Despite the government’s commitment to renewables, the South Korea-owned company said the workers will be laid off as work dries up at its Campbeltown plant.

Unite the union reacted furiously, saying the company had foreceast a “positive outlook” in accounts lodged in April this year when it posted pre-tax profits in 2018 of £7.1 million against a loss of £191,000 in 2017.

The factory has been fully operational since January 2002 after it was acquired by CS Wind in April 2016. The company made a £27 million investment in the facility.

As part of a complex set of partnership arrangements the Danish firm Ørsted also made a multi-million pound investment in the facility in December of that year.

It also has preferred access rights to towers for its offshore wind farms. In addition, CS Wind signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Swedish company – Vattenfall – which gave the company the opportunity to tender for tower supply contracts on future Vattenfall onshore wind farm projects.

Unite has been at the forefront of campaigning for Scottish facilities and factories including the BiFab yards in Arnish and Fife to benefit from the ‘green manufacturing revolution’.

The union has heavily criticised the Scottish and UK Governments on the minimal manufacturing work which has been directly created by the billions of pounds being invested into the renewables sector in Scotland. In response to the latest blow, Unite is calling for the Scottish Government to immediately reconvene its Offshore Wind Summit and to provide support to the workforce. 

Charlie Macdonald, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “The news of the redundancy notices affecting three quarters of the workforce at CS Wind in Campbeltown is a major blow to Scotland’s renewables manufacturing capacity.

“CS Wind is another example of the spaghetti bowl of multi-national interests calling the shots in our nation’s renewables sector with scant regard for workers and communities.

“There needs to be urgent intervention by the Scottish Government because if the scale of these job losses goes unchallenged not only is there is a major cloud over the future of the factory in Campbeltown but also over Scotland’s green manufacturing capacity.” 

81 jobs go at ventilation firm

More than 80 jobs have been lost at a ventilation systems manufacturer in Perthshire.

Blair Milne, Business Restructuring and Insolvency Partner with Campbell Dallas, has been appointed provisional liquidator of MJ Ventilation based in Coupar Angus.

Founded in 2006, MJ Ventilation manufactured, installed and serviced bespoke ventilation systems for a wide range of commercial and public sector clients.  The company, which had grown rapidly in recent years had a turnover of around £7m and employed 81 staff.

It had been suffering from severe cash flow problems compounded by significant bad debts arising from the recent insolvencies of Carillion and McGill Electrical.   The business has now ceased trading and all staff have been made redundant.

Mr Milne said: “MJ Ventilation was a well-established and highly regarded specialist ventilation systems business with a high-quality client base across the public and commercial sectors. 

“Despite the best efforts of the management team, the business had been suffering from unsustainable cash flow problems and the only option was to place the company in liquidation.  We will now be marketing the company’s assets for sale, including plant and vehicles, and would encourage interested parties to contact our Glasgow office as soon as possible.”

“A priority for Campbell Dallas will be to minimise the impact on the staff and hence our team will make immediate contact with the Redundancy Payments Service and other agencies such

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