German press builder Manroland sheetfed has concluded negotiations with its workers council over the dismissal of 77 employees. The company announced its intentions in September and the employees involved will leave the company by 30 November, 2012. As part of the negotiations, they have the opportunity of joining a government backed “transfer company”, which provides 80% of salary for up to 12 months and assistance finding alternative employment.
Manroland’s spokesman says: “The heavy restructuring which took place in January was very much a rough cut. Since then we have been fine tuning our processes and although it is unfortunate to have to let more people go, with these fine tuning measures the business is now very efficiently structured and we do not anticipate any further headcount reductions in the foreseeable future.”
The company is also closing its Mainhausen factory, which carries out packing and final dispatch of the presses. Packing and dispatch functions are transferring to the company’s main location in Offenbach.
Satellite offices in Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Leipzig were closed earlier this year.
Going forward the manroland sheetfed group, which includes subsidiaries in over 40 countries, will employ around 2000 people world-wide, of which about 1000 are in Germany, including just over 100 apprentices.
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