Jan 16, 2019

Clarks 'robot-assisted' shoe factory in Street may close

The shoe retailer Clarks has announced its UK factory could close. The firm opened a new manufacturing unit in 2017, featuring "Robot-assisted" technology, at its headquarters in Street, Somerset. "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," Clarks said in a statement. They are now "Proposing to cease production and close the facility" and staff are subject to a 30-day consultation process. The last remaining Clarks plant in the UK - Millom in Cumbria - closed in 2006.

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