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Oerlikon Schlafhorst consolidates German production plants

Consistent execution of the restructuring program „Simplify Oerlikon Textile“

Pfäffikon SZ, October 10, 2008 - The Business Unit Oerlikon Schlafhorst has reorganised its three locations, Mönchengladbach, Übach-Palenberg and Ebersbach, within the scope of the current restructuring program „Simplify Oerlikon Textile". The entire production of the three locations will be concentrated in Übach-Palenberg. Mönchengladbach will focus on marketing functions, Ebersbach will retain its central research and development tasks.

Due to the ongoing weak market situation, the implementation of the restructuring program has been further accelerated. This realignment of the three locations of Oerlikon Schlafhorst in Germany will affect 240 jobs by 2010. This is part of the already announced capacity adjustment of 1000 jobs, of which 600 will be effected by the end of this year. It is therefore certain, that the announced segment goal of reducing the break-even point by CHF 300 million by the beginning of 2010 will be reached. "The consolidation of the production plants and re-focusing the locations will clearly increase the efficiency and flexibility within the business segment", says Dr. Carsten Voigtländer, CEO of the segment Oerlikon Textile. „The package of measures now being executed is an important step in bringing Oerlikon's textile business back into the profit zone, "commented Dr. Uwe Krüger, CEO of the Oerlikon Group.


Despite the successful previous year and in anticipation of the economic slump, Oerlikon Textile had already initiated the global project „Simplify Oerlikon Textile". This restructuring program consists of the following elements:

  • Reduction of the product range and implementation of a consistent platform strategy. 
  • Reduction of fixed costs by 20 per cent compared to 2007.
  • Reduction of the number of staff in Europe by about 1000 employees.
  • Halving the number of production locations worldwide.
  • Development of the Chinese location in Suzhou.
  • Targeted investments in R&D plus production modernisation.

 With these measures, Oerlikon Textile is positioning itself for the downturn which is expected to continue until the beginning of 2010 and is at the same time creating the prerequisites for entering the next positive market cycle in a strengthened position.

For further information, please contact:

Thomas Schmidt

Head of Group Communications