LUND, Sweden — Alfa Laval announced that intends to consolidate the European manufacturing footprint of its air heat exchangers for refrigeration applications to existing manufacturing sites in Italy, Poland, and Finland. The intention is to close its site in Groningen, the Netherlands, by September 2015. The closing will affect about 90 employees in Groningen.

“To remain competitive in Europe, we need to restructure our manufacturing of air heat exchangers,” said Lars Renström, president and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group. “The air business is important to Alfa Laval and we recently introduced two new product platforms.”

Alfa Laval said it will now start negotiations with the parties concerned, i.e., different labor organizations in Groningen, and actively work to minimize the negative impact for the affected employees.

The financial impact of this initiative is part of the restructuring package that was announced in Alfa Laval’s third quarter report. The package is estimated to reach a level of savings of SEK 300 million on an annual basis during the fourth quarter 2015.

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Publication date: 11/17/2014

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