Following an in-depth analysis, the Board of Directors of Danish Crown approved the plan to move the production in Faaborg to one of Tulip Ltd's production facilities in Cornwall, England.
Today, Tulip Ltd has 17 production facilities in the UK, several of which are sited in Cornwall. The production in Faaborg will be moved to the facility in Bugle in a number of stages, and as announced earlier, Faaborg is due to close down completely during the first half of 2016.
“Having made the decision, we can now start the transition, which will involve both investing in the facility in the UK and relocating equipment. Consequently, we will also be rolling out the social plans in step with the inevitable redundancies”, said Jesper Friis.
The UK was chosen primarily because a large proportion of Faaborg's production is currently destined for the UK market. Moreover, Tulip Ltd was found to have surplus capacity which can be put to good use in this way.
“The UK production will need some minor restructuring, but then we will be able to secure the future of the site”, explains Flemming Enevoldsen, CEO of Danish Crown's processing companies.
The Bugle facility is situated in a rural district where unemployment levels can be high. Consequently the UK Regional Development Fund is providing a grant of £4.8 mill. over a period to help secure and grow jobs for the future, and 250 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of this.
The restructuring will involve close cooperation between Danish Crown Group and Tulip Ltd.
Source: Danish Crown