22 jobs to go at Clitheroe chemical firm

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Workers are under threat of losing their jobs at one of Clitheroe’s largest employers.

Officials at the international chemical company Johnson Matthey, which has a base at the former ICI factory in Pimlico Industrial Area, West Bradford Road, confirmed 22 jobs are to be axed.

The firm has entered into consultation with workers on the Ammonia, Methanol and Gas (AMG) business team and the potential job losses are being blamed on the global recession.

In a statement released by Johnson Matthey, which has a Clitheroe workforce of 300, Mr Bob Mannion, managing director of the AMG business said: “The AMG business has faced significant challenges in 2011/12. Despite efforts to reduce the impact of these challenges, the business has not been able to generate additional revenue to maintain its performance. However, the long-term viability of the business remains very strong and we hope these consultations will provide the springboard for the business’ future growth. The AMG business is one of four business units in Johnson Matthey’s Process Technologies division. The other business units which include Tracerco, Davy Process Technology and Refineries are unaffected by this announcement.”