Bookmark and Share

Fears grow for Calcast job losses

Union leaders fear that almost 100 jobs could be lost at Montupet-owned engineering firm Calcast Ltd at the firm’s Londonderry factory.

Originally known as Transtec, the Campsie-based company had been placed in receivership when the French car components firm stepped in to save it in October of last year.

The deal, which also included the close involvement of the Ford Motor Company, saw Montupet iterate its commitment to a programme of both investment and input in the factory.

The move also meant the 300-strong workforce at Calcast swelled the overall numbers of people employed in the province by Montupet to almost 1,200.

However, it is thought the threatened job losses could be connected with the company’s slowing rate of profitability, following heavy investment by Montupet in three new product lines.

Established in France in 1894, Montupet has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers of aluminium casting for the automobile industry, specialising in the design and production of cylinder heads, engine blocks, rims and structure parts. (CL)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

30 July 2009
Disorder Fears If Swine Flu Crisis Grows
There have been dire warnings of civil disorder and a breakdown in the basic infrastructure if the worst fears over the imminent swine flu pandemic are realised. NI health officials have briefed hospitals to be prepared for overwhelming volumes of swine flu cases and associated civil disorder.
07 July 2016
Police Rescue Neglected Animals
Officers from the PSNI have rescued a number of neglected animals after uncovering a cannabis factory in east Belfast. Cannabis plants worth an approximate street value of £15,000 were seized during a planned raid by the District Support Team at a property on the Old Holywood Road, on the outskirts of Belfast.
05 July 2016
US Owned Firm To Create 12 New Jobs In Belfast
A US owned firm is to create 12 new jobs over the next year after announcing plans to set up a European team in Belfast. MIK Fund Solutions confirmed the posts will have average salaries of £63,000.
19 July 2016
JTI To Establish £5m Job Creation Fund For Ballymena
Following the closure of its Ballymena production facility in 2017, tobacco firm JTI has said it will establish a £5 million fund to boost job creation in the area. JTI is to close its Co Antrim production facility next year with the loss of 800 jobs.
18 February 2016
Directory Of Info And Advice For Job Seekers Published
Following the news of a fall in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits, nidirect has compiled a directory of practical information and advice for anyone looking for a job.
09 May 2011
Building Job Losses Continue
In news that that will already be obvious to thousands, workloads in the construction industry across the island of Ireland decreased further last month and firms also cut jobs in the sector.
07 September 2006
90 jobs to go at car components factory
Up to 90 jobs could be lost at a County Antrim car components factory, it has emerged. Montupet management met with union representatives yesterday, after it was announced that the company would stop the production of alloy wheels at the Belfast plant due to a drop of around 25% in sales over the last few years.
14 February 2003
Montupet set to axe up to 40 jobs
Dunmurry-based manufacturing company, Montupet, is set to axe around 40 jobs it was revealed today. The news follows an announcement earlier in the month by the company that it was to invest £2.7 million in a comprehensive training programme.
18 February 2016
Bombardier Job Losses 'Deeply Disappointing'
The news that Bombardier is to reduce its workforce in Northern Ireland have been described as "deeply disappointing" and "extremely regrettable", by Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell and Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry.
23 August 2010
Kingspan Reigns Supreme
Just six months after the building materials supplier Kingspan recorded falling profits and sales, a major turn-round in fortunes has seen the firm make its first operating profit in three years. The Cavan-based company, which has a factory in Portadown, said profits from January to June rose to €33m - up 9% on last year.
09 July 2004
NI textile industry hit by further job cuts
Northern Ireland's textile industry was dealt a further blow today when hosiery firm, Adria, announced it is to make 58 workers redundant. The company, which employs 870 people at its plants in Strabane and Campsie, said it was forced to take the decision in order to reduce overheads and protect the competitiveness of the business.
24 June 2011
'Print Run' Increases As GPS Expands
Northern Ireland's second biggest commercial litho printing company, east Belfast based GPS Colour Graphics Ltd, has announced an investment of more than £2.25m, which will allow it to increase capacity by more than 50%.
06 February 2003
Montupet invest in £2.7m training programme
Local motoring parts manufacturer, Montupet is to invest £2.7 million in a comprehensive training programme. The company has signed up to a comprehensive training programme for its employees as part of the Company Development Programme (CDP) organised and supported by Invest NI’s Business Improvement Services.
31 May 2016
Technology Firm To Axe 70 Jobs In L'Derry
Seventy jobs are to be axed from a technology firm in Co L'Derry. Seagate, designers and manufacturers of hard drive storage devices, said the job losses were due to the firm "undertaking a number of actions to better position the company for success and growth and to respond to new demand levels".
26 June 2014
31 New Jobs To Be Created In Belfast
London-based financial technology firm Options has announced the creation of 31 jobs with the opening of its new Belfast office. The firm, which employs over 100 staff worldwide, provides services to investment banks, hedge funds and private equity firms.