A European producer of metal and plastics construction accessories, Reuss-Seifert is switching its whole production from Germany to Poland with the closure of five German plants and loss of 190 jobs.
In a bid to boost its competitiveness, the company, based at Sprockhövel in North Rhine-Westphalia, has embarked on a major reorganisation. It is currently building a new 26,000 square-metre production plant and 7,000 square-metre warehouse unit at Nowa Sólin western Poland.
The Polish facility, which will turn out a range of spacers and sealing, fixing, reinforcing and formwork systems, is set to employ around 170. A third of the workforce is expected to be employed in the plastics moulding section that will be equipped with 120 injection moulding machines.
Reuss-Seifert, with its five plants and a warehouse in Germany, resulted from a previous merger of the separate companies of Reuss and Seifert. The latest organisational shakeup has been inevitable because the multi-plant structure of the merged company has “little prospect of survival in the future”, according to Rüdiger Gniesmer, chief executive of Reuss-Seifert.
This radical project, which is reported to be costing “tens of millions of euros”, follows the company’s acquisition last year from Irish construction group CRH by the Munich, Germany branch of investment firm Aurelius Investments.
Reuss-Seifert said it will make every effort to find alternative positions for those employees in Germany facing redundancy. It is understood that some 30 employees will remain at the German base in Sprockhövel where the research and development section will be restructured and expanded.
The German firm has adopted a ‘green’ approach to much of its activity. It boasts that material reuse plays a major part in its processing and that 98% of the plastic it employs in its products is recycled.
Reuss-Seifert also assures the world that it is aware of the possible health hazards of processing PVC and does its utmost to avoid use of that plastic in its output.