LONDON EMC components specialist Schaffner has started production at its newly built production facility in Kecskemet, Hungary, part of a major restructuring of its production strategy in Europe in an attempt to boost profitability.
The 7,000 sq metre facility becomes the Swiss-based group's European manufacturing centre, and has led to a reduction of staff by about 30 at both its Lutenbach, Switzerland headquarters and at its manufacturing operation in Büren, Germany, which came through the 2006 acquisition of Jacke Transformatoren.
Schaffner's Hungary operation already employed about 200. This has now been increased by a further 100 employees.
However, the German operation will continue to manufacture customer-specific power devices, the company said in a statement.
Commenting on the move, Paul Dixon, Managing Director of Schaffner UK said: "This is a significant investment for Schaffner which underlines our commitment to provide our European customers with high quality components from our own manufacturing plants. Our new factory will provide a modern, cost effective local manufacturing facility from which we can supply our customers with both EMC products and our rapidly increasing range of reactors and filters for Power Quality."
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