New deal brings renewed hope for BiFab

Welcome news for troubled BiFab today (Tuesday) with the announcement that Canadian firm DF Barnes has taken over the firm, following months of negotiations behind the scenes.

I’d like to pay tribute to BiFab’s workforce and the trade unions who have fought in partnership so determinedly to save their yards in Burntisland, Methil and Arnish over recent months. Bifab could have faced a very different future today but for their positive, unified campaign.

I am also pleased that the Scottish Government stuck with the workforce and recognised the strategic industrial importance of Bifab, not just for Fife but for Scotland’s wider economy.

This deal is a good first step for BiFab and I hope to see this succeed in securing a pipeline of orders in the near future – a move which is crucial to ensuring long-term stability for the firm and its employees.

Pic: Dept of Energy and Climate Change.