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Report - Courtaulds Little Heath Works, Coventry, Nov 09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by rigsby, Nov 29, 2009.

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    At its height in the 1950s and 1960s, Little Heath works employed 5,000 staff, many of whom were recruited from the surrounding area.
    However, the factory’s fortunes waned in the 1980s and, by 1992, its workforce had dwindled to just 450.

    At around this time, Courtaulds was split into two parts, textiles and chemicals, with the latter part of the business being merged with Akzo Nobel in 1998.
    Production at the site continued and became the responsibility of APL, the manufacturing side of which was sold to Celanese Acetate in January 2007.

    In May that year, Celanese announced plans to cease production there with the loss of 120 jobs.

    The factory, which dates back to the 1920s, has been disused since 2007, and parts of it have been out of use for more than 20 years.

    Coventry was the company’s home base, and Little Heath works was an important manufacturing site, focusing on the production of acetate yarns and filter tow.

    Visited with Speed, Bubblehead, Turky and Dweeb.

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