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Barlo Plastics transfers production to ensure future growth and profitability

Geel, Belgium (ots)

Barlo Plastics Europe, announced the
transfer of the entire production capacity from its Belgian site to
other existing production facilities. Headquarters of the plastics
division will remain in Belgium.
Following a series of acquisitions in recent years Barlo Plastics
operates now at nine production locations across seven European
countries. A number of these locations have overlapping production
capabilities and facilities. To ensure future growth and
profitability Barlo Plastics' management designed a 'built to last'
All sites commenced the implementation of a consolidation and cost
reduction program. In the Belgian site the commercial services are
being reinforced with the creation of a European call center
centralizing order input and customer service. Another implication
for the Belgian site is the transfer of all production lines to other
Barlo Plastics manufacturing sites.
"The transfer is an important step in Barlo Plastics' strategy to
reduce its cost base and to secure our future growth and market
presence" said Marc Van den Cruyce, Business Development Director.
"In our Belgian plant we extrude mainly SAN and GPPS sheets. The
Western European market for GPPS sheets is stabilizing whereas in
central Europe there is still a huge potential and we expect this
demand to continue to grow" stated Marc Van den Cruyce. "For SAN 
sheets the cost structure became very important. These factors
implied to transfer of the entire Belgian production to 'state of
the art' manufacturing sites in Nischwitz (Germany) and Pribram
(Czech Republic)" he continues.
The closing of the Belgian production facilty will have an effect
for 78 of 134 employees. Social agreement has been reached with the
unions on June 1st for the blue collar workers and on June 19 for the
white collar workers. Customer service, Sales & Marketing, Finance
department as well as ICT will remain in Belgium.
Barlo Plastics is Europe's foremost supplier of transparent
plastic sheet. Key products are: BARLO XT (extruded PMMA), BARLO CAST
(cast PMMA), BARLO PC (Polycarbonate), BARLO PS (Polystyrene), BARLO
VECTAN (PETG), BARLO SAN (Styrene Acrylo Nitrile) and BARLO SPC
(multiwall Polycarbonate) as well as HIPS, ABS and PP.
Headquartered in Geel, Belgium, Barlo Plastics has operating
facilities in Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Slovakia and
the Czech Republic as well as sales and support operations in all
major European countries. Today Barlo Plastics employs more than 900
Barlo Plastics is an operating company of the Irish Barlo Group, a
European leader in plastic products and radiators. The Group is
listed on the London and Dublin stock markets.


Karin Jans
Input International
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Fax +32 12 67 20 03