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June 12, 2008
Stockholm, Sweden, June 12, 2008: Desoutter Ltd., part of Atlas Copco Industrial Technique, intends to transfer its manufacturing operations in Hemel Hempstead, Great Britain, to other manufacturing units within the Group and to sub-suppliers. The move is part of a process to strengthen the long-term cost competitiveness of the business area.
The proposed plan is subject to consultation. The reorganization will lead to the closure of the Hemel Hempstead factory, resulting in redundancies for approximately 95 employees.
“Focusing our manufacturing operations to fewer locations will give us increased efficiency of production and administration. This is an important step to be able to operate in the market with a greater competitive edge, to the benefit of our customers”, says Mats Rahmström, Business Area President of Atlas Copco Industrial Technique. “We are now entering into full and detailed consultation with our employees and will take every reasonable action to assist those affected in achieving alternative employment either within or outside of the Atlas Copco Group.”
The factory is producing components for pneumatic tools of the CP Desoutter brand. The changes will not have any effect on the marketing, sales and service of CP Desoutter products.
The transfer of the production from Hemel Hempstead is expected to be finalized by the end of December, 2008. Costs related to the move are estimated to MSEK 36. The transfer follows the move of assembling of pneumatic power tools from Hemel Hempstead to a new plant in Hungary, initiated late 2007.
For further information, please contact:
Love Liman, Media Relations
+46 (0)8 743 8060 or +46 (0)73 231 8060
Mats Rahmström, Business Area President, Industrial Technique
+46 (0)8 743 9350 or +46 (0)70 899 9350
Atlas Copco may be required to disclose the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act.