Swiss converting equipment manufacturer Polytype Converting AG has issued a statement this morning saying that there is “no credence at all” to the announcement by the Swiss union Employés Suisse that its entire Fribourg facility is in danger. The union has since apologised for the misinformation. However, planned re-structuring may result in job cuts, the group said.
In an interview with a trade journal in late November, the CEO of the group, Jörgen Karlsson, said that the company would stand by the facilities in Fribourg and in Hamburg: “Our most important assets are our employees and we have a very good and experienced team in Fribourg and in Hamburg.”
The group, which manufactures high-end coating and laminating systems, says it has launched a new “market offensive”. The statement hinted that production going forward will move closer to the key markets, and away from the Fribourg facility.
In addition, strategic alliances and cooperation arrangements will be given a “different priority” in the future and investment in research and development will be made at the facilities in Fribourg, and Hamburg.
The firm stated that more priority than ever is being given to sales, customer-based development and project management plus service and after-sales activities in Fribourg and Hamburg. The restructuring means that production will be shifted away from the facility in western Switzerland. This, the group says, may result in personnel cuts.