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Mondi is set to bring an end to its UK manufacturing with the planned closure of its two remaining UK production plants, putting 208 jobs at risk.

The paper and packaging group has announced a minimum 45-day consultation with employee representatives concerning a proposed plan to close all manufacturing operations at its Deeside Industrial Park site in Flintshire and its Nelson, Lancashire site by the second half of 2020.

The employees have been told that the work from the two sites, which produce a wide variety of flexible packaging, bags and pouches, will now be transferred to other locations within Mondi’s global business.

A Mondi spokesperson said: “The business has implemented various strategic initiatives over the past two years to streamline operations and enhance the cost-competitiveness of both sites. However, due to the change in demand for the niche products produced at these sites, Mondi sees no alternative than to start a consultation process on the potential closure.”