Beko Europe announces that its subsidiary Hotpoint UK Appliances Ltd will enter a consultation to explore ceasing production at its Yate site

  • Subject to employee consultation, Beko Europe is exploring the potential closure of production at its Yate site
  • Closure of site could result in approximately 150 positions becoming redundant
  • The proposal comes in response to changing consumer demand and competitiveness challenges posed by the site setup 



Yate, United Kingdom, 5 July 2024 – Beko Europe has today announced that its subsidiary Hotpoint UK Appliances Ltd will enter a consultation that could result in the closure of its Yate site near Bristol, in the United Kingdom.

Following consultation, the closure of the Yate site could result in approximately 150 positions becoming redundant. 

The site currently produces tumble dryers for the UK and Ireland markets. In recent years, these products have become less popular with consumers in favour of more advanced and energy efficient heat pump technologies. EU legislation will soon ensure new tumble dryers will need to be produced with heat pump technology, and this legislation is also likely to be adopted by the United Kingdom in the future.

Beko Europe’s proposal, subject to consultation, is that it is not technically or economically feasible to remodel the Yate site to continue operations. It is for these reasons that Beko Europe has announced that its subsidiary will enter into a consultation to explore potentially closing the facility.

All of the team at Yate will continue to be employed by the Company on full pay and benefits while the process is ongoing.

Teresa Arbuckle, Regional Managing Director (UK and Ireland) at Beko Europe, said “We know this news will be difficult to hear for our employees, on-site contractors, and the whole community. The Yate site has a superb workforce, with real commitment and strong leadership, and we are grateful for their continued efforts during this challenging time.

The facility has been operating at a significant loss for some time, and over the past few years, despite continued investment in the site, demand for the appliances produced here has rapidly decreased as consumers purchase more advanced and energy efficient models. 

Pending consultation, if positions are made redundant, Beko Europe will do all we can to support the employees who may potentially be affected. Employees continue to have access to the usual support from HR, business leaders and the Employee Assistance Programme but should the proposal to close the site go ahead, the business would look to provide additional outplacement and other relevant support.

We have contacted the site’s new Member of Parliament and South Gloucestershire Council, and we will listen carefully to the local community as the consultation processes progress.”


Notes to editors 

About Beko Europe

Beko Europe is a leading home appliances business, dedicated to changing the lives of our customers through a wide range of innovative and sustainable household products and solutions. Newly formed Beko Europe’s 75% shares are owned by Beko B.V and 25% owned by Whirlpool EMEA Holdings LLC. With more than 20,000 employees, Beko Europe has 11 production sites across Europe, with a production capacity of approximately 24 million white goods products per year.


About Yate

Yate is a manufacturing facility located north of Bristol, in the United Kingdom. The site, first opened in 1917 as an aircraft repair centre and is currently a manufacturing facility for tumble dryers. Throughout its history, the site has manufactured domestic appliances for brands including Parnall, Jackson, and Whirlpool.


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