39 jobs to go as BPI closes Cumbria plant

BRITISH Polythene Industries is set to close its manufacturing plant in Cumbria with the likely loss of 39 jobs.

Greenock-based BPI said it planned to shut the Brampton facility, which manufactures polythene film for packaging applications, after a "significant deterioration" in volumes. The group will switch production to its other operations.

Yesterday's jobs blow came as BPI released a brief trading update, highlighting "positive progress" since November's interim management statement.

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It said it now expected the financial results for 2009 to be at the "top end of current market expectations". Net borrowings, meanwhile, were lower than previously expected.