Fears for 35 jobs as Aberdeen vehicle dealer announces closure

Staff at AM Phillip Trucktech in Auchmill Road are facing job losses.

Up to 35 jobs are expected to be lost with the closure of an Aberdeen vehicle dealer.

Bosses at AM Phillip Trucktech have told staff at its Auchmill Road depot the site will be closing following a number of contract losses.

Workers at the branch were handed a letter on Tuesday confirming the site’s shutdown, signed by managing director George Tasker.

In it, Mr Tasker said: “After considering all possible options, the company has decided that there is a requirement to close the Aberdeen depot and cease all operational activities there. Unfortunately, this means that there is a risk that it will be unable to continue to provide work for all employees based currently in Aberdeen and that it may, therefore, have to make redundancies.”

The letter lists a number of reasons for the closure, including a “very low” crude oil price affecting sales, and a drop of almost one-quarter in both servicing and parts sales for Iveco vehicles.

Mr Tasker also claims the opening of a Ford depot nearby and the loss of the Isuzu franchise to another dealer further contributed to the decision.