Future of KraussMaffei's Treuchtlingen plant still in the balance

David Vink
EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: November 25, 2013 4:55 pm ET
Updated: November 26, 2013 9:35 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Machinery Workforce
Companies & Associations KraussMaffei AG Netstal-Maschinen AG

Although KraussMaffei Group has announced plans to close its injection molding machine components plant in Treuchtlingen, Germany, the company is still negotiating with the IG Metall union and the works council with a view to finding a mutually satisfactory solution as early as Nov. 29.

On Nov. 22, KraussMaffei management from Munich held discussions with representatives of the employer's association, the KM Treuchtlingen works council and the IG Metall union in Ingolstadt, according to local news reports.

IG Metall's Horst Schmitzberger was quoted saying that KM's management was ready for discussions right from the start of the almost 7.5-hour meeting, and "ready to discuss the closure plans with us."

Schmitzberger added that, "intentions could be revised, not all problems have been solved, but there is a shimmer of hope, which hadn't been expected beforehand — we had thought they would stonewall us."

More meetings are scheduled for Nov. 27. Schmitzberger presumes any plans presented by KM then will not be without conditions: "we will have to consider what we are ready to do in order to maintain the location." He did not rule out the possibility of strikes, should KM "play for time."

Back on Nov. 12, KM had announced that production in Treuchtlingen would be moved to KM's headquarters plant in Allach, near Munich, and its plant in Sucany, Slovakia, in order to increase international competitiveness.

Treuchtlingen makes components for small- to mid-sized injection molding machines and extruders, including injection units, machine housings, barrels, hydraulic pistons and motor flanges.

IG Metall initially protested news of the closure, saying that it had the support of a broad majority of local politicians and nearby residents. Although some of the 160 employees are expected to be offered positions around 80 miles away at KM in Munich, staff interviewed on TV expressed reluctance at tearing up their local roots or commuting daily.

KM's owner, Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp., was the target of some of the protests.


Comments

Future of KraussMaffei's Treuchtlingen plant still in the balance

David Vink
EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: November 25, 2013 4:55 pm ET
Updated: November 26, 2013 9:35 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Automation at center stage for NPE

April 20, 2015 2:45 pm ET

Robots are finding a more definitive role in the automation of manufacturing — and those who know expect quite a few more robots will join the...    More

Image

Sidel, BMS reach agreement on spindle patent case

April 20, 2015 1:24 pm ET

Sidel Group and Blow Mold Services LLC have reached an agreement in Sidel's patent infringement lawsuit against BMS involving the spindle chain on a...    More

Image

Milacron restructuring Uniloy manufacturing in Europe

April 17, 2015 2:16 pm ET

Milacron LLC plans to consolidate manufacturing of Uniloy blow molding equipment in Europe into its new facility in the Czech Republic city of...    More

Image

Reifenhäuser acquires German spinneret company Enka Tecnica

April 17, 2015 9:31 am ET

Germany-based Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG, a major manufacturer of extrusion equipment, has announced that it is acquiring Enka Tecnica GmbH, a German ...    More

Image

Madison buys Ferry Industries

April 16, 2015 5:22 pm ET

Ferry Industries, the largest manufacturer of rotational molding machinery, was purchased by Madison Industries, a Chicago holding company that is the...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events