625 jobs go at print press giant

LEADING newspaper press manufacturer, Germany’s manroland, is to cut 625 jobs globally as it adapts to the financial crisis and downturn in the newspaper and print markets.


Manroland has extensive business interests with newspapers in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and it is the key supplier of presses to News Ltd.


No local jobs will be lost as part of the action. Manroland had been seriously affected by the “reluctance of customers to invest”, the company said in a statement. Orders last year declined “around 20 percent” although the company remained profitable.


A company statement said 515 jobs would be cut in “indirect functions in the Sheet-fed Press Business Sector and 110 jobs in indirect functions in the Web Press Business Sector over the years 2009 and 2010”.


It will close its Mainhausen factory and move product lines assembled there to the main sheet-fed press factory in Offenbach.


The statement said: “The objective of the personnel adjustments is to comply with the existing supplementary wage agreement and thus do without redundancy due to business operations. To safeguard the company’s long-term performance, manroland must align factory and fixed cost structures and thus its cost basis to the difficult situation. Constructive discussions have commenced with the employees’ representatives.”


In its sheet-fed printing systems sector, staff have been on short-time working since last 1 October in production administration at its Offenbach and Mainhausen locations. That practice will begin at is Augsberg web press operations in March.


Manroland has 8,656 employees worldwide (as of 31 December 2008). At the production sites in Germany, 2,494 people are employed in Offenbach, 285 in Mainhausen, 3,055 in Augsburg and 890 in Plauen, with a further 1,932 employed in subsidiary companies in Germany and abroad.


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