Coca-Cola to close German site, launch restructuring in Europe

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Decline in PET bottles' sales prompts closure

Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH (CCEP DE) has announced that it is closing down its production site in Weimar, Germany, as sales declined in PET returnable bottles.

In a statement 4 Oct, the company said the planned closure at Weimar, which includes the cessation of production and administrative activities, is set for 1 March 2018.

The backdrop of the plans, said CCEP DE in a German-language statement, is that the decline in the sales volume of PET returnable bottles has led to overcapacities in production.

“The location cannot be operated economically only by bottling glass bottles,” the company added.

In terms of logistics, the company also started transferring the tasks to an external partner as of 1 Sept.

Sales representatives of the company, including those responsible for technical equipment sales and vending machines, will not be affected by the decision. The company plans to bundle the control of all regional marketing activities at its Berlin headquarters in Germany.

Additionally, the departments of finance and human resources are to be transferred to the Coca-Cola European Partners business centre in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the spring and summer of 2018 respectively.

A total of 244 jobs are affected by the decision with 178 at the Weimar location and 66 at the human resources, finance and sales & marketing divisions.

CCEP DE said it aims to avoid redundancies and seek “amicable” solutions for affected employees.

The talks with the employees' representatives is set to start soon.

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