INSURANCE giant AXA could be set to move its state-of-the-art printing plant.
The company which has two sites in Lytham, is considering selling its smaller building at Westcliffe.
The site could hen be used for housing. The company is set to sound out neighbouring residents and the council about the housing proposal.
However, Axa says the move would not result in job losses and the printing plant, the only on of its kind in the UK, would be moved to a more suitable building “in the vicinity or at least within the region.”
The news comes as Flyde MP Mark Menzies visited the Westcliffe site which employs 40 and the Ballam Road offices which employs 500.
The print shop has been the subject of steady investment by AXA since 2009 and handles 100 million pages of print every year sending out insurance documents and letters to customers.
It is housed in a former sports centre building and a company spokesman said today that the hi-tech equipment needed to be moved to a more suitable site.
He said: “The equipment is state of the art but the building is not fit for purpose.
“We are in the early stages of identifying suitable premises and we will be engaging in a consultation process.”
He said the company was not sure if the printing operation could be housed at Ballam Road as it takes up a lot of room and was quite noisy. Ballam Road, the home of many of AXA’s HR, payroll services and other important support functions and also forms part of a global network of IT support.
Xavier Lacombe, AXA’s head of Mid-European and Japan Service Delivery, who was part of the senior management team that hosted the visit said: “I was delighted to be able to welcome Mark to our two outstanding sites here in Lytham.
“Business needs to maintain a good relationship with their local Member of Parliament, particularly since a number of Mark’s constituents will be AXA employees, and I am confident that Mark will have been impressed with the high level of technical expertise we employ across our two sites in the town. The investment we have made in Lytham evidences the strategic importance that AXA has for the region.”