Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. will stop manufacturing injection molding machines at its factory in Dudelange, Luxembourg a final move as Husky exits large-tonnage machines to focus on smaller presses for packaging and PET preforms.
Company spokeswoman Alexandra Walsh said about 100 people will be laid off. After the job cuts, Husky will employ about 725 in Luxembourg, she said.
Husky will continue to have a major presence in Dudelange, which remains its European headquarters. Dudelange houses a technical center, and Husky will continue manufacturing hot runners and PET preform molds there, the company said.
In a statement issued Feb. 18, Husky said it was a difficult decision to end machinery production in Luxembourg. This comes after a detailed review of our current and future customer requirements. Despite this decision, we are committed to maintaining a strong presence in Luxembourg, the company said.
Last summer, Husky officials said the company would stop making large-tonnage presses for automotive and other markets. Husky leaders are focusing on Husky's strongest markets thin-wall packaging and PET preforms. Walsh said other core markets are closures, medical and consumer electronics.
Husky will phase out its Quadloc presses, which were made in Dudelange in clamping forces of 1,350-5,400 metric tons, according to Volker Neuber, Husky's vice president of service and sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The company also will no longer make its in-line compounding machine, which used a Coperion twin-screw compounding extruder to feed glass-filled resin directly to a Quadloc press, Neuber said.
According to Neuber, the decision to stop press assembly in Luxembourg stems from the change in strategy to build only packaging machines, which require less global manufacturing capacity.
Going forward, he said, the company will build injection presses at its headquarters plant in Bolton, Ontario, and at its factory in Shanghai.
Husky will concentrate on its Hylectic platform, building injection presses in clamping forces of 90-1,000 tonnes. Hylectric presses include the HyPET machine for molding preforms and the HyPAC packaging press.
Neuber said Husky will continue to provide service and spare parts for its large-tonnage machines. That will not be stopped, he said.
The company has been building large-tonnage injection presses in Dudelange since 1985. Husky is working with the government of Luxembourg regarding the layoffs.
Neuber said Husky cut about 15 jobs from the press assembly operation last year, but the workers got other jobs within the company.
Dudelange has been Husky's sole large-press factory since 1999, when the company moved its former U.S. large-machine operation out of GE Plastics' polymer processing development center in Pittsfield, Mass., over to Luxembourg.
Earlier, Epco Machinery LLC had built large Husky presses in Ohio.
Husky is owned by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp. Husky has placed its technical center in Novi, Mich., up for sale.