Hilding Anders plans restructure to improve competitiveness
2013-01-17 [Press release]
This morning Hilding Anders announced its intention to enter into negotiations with the employee representatives concerning a closure of the Scandi Sleep production site in Horsens. The closure stands to affect around 50 employees.
“As a result of a tougher market environment we are considering strengthening our competiveness by consolidating our two factories in Denmark”, explains Pål Jönsson, Sales & Marketing Director for Hilding Anders in Denmark. “It is crucial that we secure our long term competitiveness and our ability to serve our customer in the very best way”, Jönsson adds.
The restructure would most likely mean moving bed and mattress production from Horsens to its sister plant in Hurup Thy, also known as Carl Thøgersen, thereby merging the two sites into one unit. “Here we will gain an advantage in our economies of scale in production which will make it easier to withstand the harsh macro environment”, Jönsson continues. A potential move will affect solely the bed and mattress production. Customer service functions and the showroom are unaffected and remain in Horsens.
“It is very important to keep contact points for our customers unchanged”, Pål Jönsson explains. In addition, 10 to 15 new job opportunities will be created at the Hurup Thy site to cope with the enlarged production load.
This morning internal meetings have been held to inform employees in Horsens and Hurup Thy about the possible restructure. Negotiations with the employee representatives are scheduled to start today and are likely to be finalized within 2-3 weeks. Jönsson concludes, “At that time, the implications of the restructure will be clearer and we will have a better understanding of how many of our employees will be affected.”