Factory closure to see job losses

Essentra Carnaby Industrial Estate 'Bridlington set to close down.'NBFP PA1507-4a
Essentra Carnaby Industrial Estate 'Bridlington set to close down.'NBFP PA1507-4a

Bridlington is expected to lose 48 jobs when a factory closes later this year, the Free Press can confirm.

Essentra Speciality Tapes at Carnaby Industrial Estate, formerly known as Duraco and Steratape, will relocate its operations to a hub in Nottingham after 26 years of manufacturing in Bridlington.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Essentra confirms that it is entering into consultation regarding the proposal to combine its speciality tapes activities in Bridlington with its European packaging hub in Nottingham and, as a consequence, to close the existing Bridlington facility.

“The company appreciates that this announcement will cause a great deal of uncertainty for its Bridlington employees, and intends to work positively and supportively as it can continue to progress matters through the consultation process.”

Paul Bell, head of economic development at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council is disappointed to hear about the job losses at Essentra, in Bridlington, but will work with Job Centre Plus and other partners, including the Local Enterprise Partnerships, to provide a package of support to enable both the management and staff to find employment or training.”

The Essentra factory at Carnaby has had several names since opening in 1989, but was probably best known as Steratape.

In November 2013, Essentra (then known as Filtrona plc) announced the purchase the entire share capital of Stera Holdings Limited, who owned the Carnaby factory, with assets worth around £2.6m at the time.

Essentra confirmed that 48 jobs were at stake at the factory, and the company will work with people to help them back into employment.

Commenting on the closure, Hugh Ross, Essentra’s Managing Director in Europe, said: “It is in no way a reflection on the quality or commitment of our employees, but a consequence of the need to ensure we act in the best interests of our customers and other stakeholders.”

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight added: “Any job loss is to be regretted. We have to look at the wider picture. There is job growth in the region and indeed, not a stone’s throw away, another company Bee Health, are looking for 10 to 15 new employees.”