Atlas Copco AB's Subsidiary Lays Off Employees in Karlskrona, Sweden
Atlas Copco AB announced that it has decided to reorganize the production of road construction equipment in Karlskrona, Sweden, to create a more competitive production unit with stronger future growth potential. The planned activities will require an investment of about SEK 30 million, and also a reduction of the workforce. A full analysis of the Karlskrona facility has been carried out after the first flow-based production line was started up in March 2012. The investments to be carried out in the coming 12 months will be used to rationalize the setup for logistics and assembly at the factory site, bringing the cost level closer to that of other production units and freeing up space for future manufacturing of products. Atlas Copco's subsidiary Dynapac Compaction Equipment AB given notice on August 14, 2012 to Arbetsformedlingen (Public Employment Service) about a reduction of 83 blue-collar employees. Negotiations with the local metal workers union will begin immediately. The factory in Karlskrona, which primarily manufactures soil and asphalt rollers, currently has 493 employees.
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