Steel giant Tata is cutting 120 jobs by closing three sites in the West Midlands in the latest jobs blow to hit the region.
The job losses – which are 95 per cent distribution roles – come as a result of the Indian-owned firm’s decision to close its Dudley, Kingswinford and Womborne.
It is also relocating all of the staff from its Cradley Heath office to its Wednesfield site, which will actually grow as a result of the restructure and benefit from an £8 million investment.
The move comes after a series of blows to the region’s employment sector in the past week, with up to 600 jobs set to be axed from the Hovis factory in Birmingham and more under threat after Brierley Hill aerospace firm Hampson Industries collapsed.
A Tata Steel spokesman said: "The job losses in the West Midlands are almost all to do with distribution.
"The net job losses in the West Midlands in total will be 120 but the Wednesfield site is to receive £8 million worth of investment and will mean on a net basis a gain of 72 jobs.
"We are talking about a consolidation of quite a few different sites in the West Midlands.
"Having our facilities in one office makes sense."
He added: "We are going to remain a major employer in the area. We will continue to employ in the West Midlands about 750 people."
The cuts in the West Midlands came as Tata Steel announced it was closing 12 sites across the UK under plans to improve competitiveness.
Most of the job losses will be in South Wales, including 500 at the Port Talbot plant, as well as 155 in Yorkshire and 30 on Teesside.
Tata said demand for steel in Europe had fallen by 25 per cent since 2007 and was forecast to slump by another 10 per cent this year.
Karl Kohler, chief executive of Tata Steel’s European operations, said: "These restructuring proposals will help make our business more successful and sustainable, but the job losses are regrettable and I know this will be a difficult and unsettling time for the employees and their families affected."