Bosses at the giant Syngenta plant in Huddersfield have welcomed news of a huge buyout deal.

And they insist the offer from a Chinese company is good news for the firm, with no job losses likely.

The firm was responding to cocnerns raised by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman over the planned takeover by Chemchina.

ChemChina wants to take over the firm in a £30billion deal.

But Mr Sheerman has called for a Westminster debate on the proposed deal and warned it threatened thousands of jobs in Britain.

He said the deal could leave the UK frozen out of the world’s chemicals market.

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Comparing the situation to the crisis facing the UK steel industry, Mr Sheerman said Syngenta’s UK arms are “at the heart” of the economy and called for an urgent debate on the issue.”

But Carl Sykes, of Syngenta in Huddersfield, said Chemchina has made a good offer for a strong company.

Mr Sykes, based at the Leeds Road plant, said: “This could lead to new opportunities for manufacturing and other Syngenta operations worldwide.

“There will be no job losses as a result of this deal and we shall continue to make important products in Huddersfield that will generate valuable sales.”

The Syngenta plant on Leeds Road, Huddersfield.

Syngenta chief executive John Ramsay said he did not expect any major regulatory hurdles: “Syngenta is the world leader in crop protection... This deal will enable us to maintain and expand this position, while at the same time significantly increasing the potential for our seeds business.”

ChemChina chairman Ren Jianxin said talks had been “friendly, constructive and co-operative” and that it would seek to maintain its competitive edge in global agricultural technology.

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He will become chairman of the Swiss company and four of its existing directors will be on the 10-member board.

The Chinese company owns a variety of businesses, included the Italian tyre maker Pirelli, German machinery-maker KarussMaffei and Israel’s biggest pesticides producer.