Uponor: 2004 restructuring programme under way

Since its restructuring programme was announced in December, Uponor has started measures to increase efficiency in operations. The factory in Zella-Mehlis, Germany, will be the centre of Uponor’s Unipipe composite pipe production. As a result, the production of these pipes in Ahlen (Germany) and Mostoles (Spain) will be transferred to Germany by the end of June.
As a consequence of the centralisation of production, the factory in Ahlen will be closed down.In connection with this, the production of downstream equipment in Zella-Mehlis will be terminated and the business discontinued by the end of June.
In Hassfurt, Germany, Uponor will invest in the automatisation of fittings production in order to increase its efficiency and profitability.
The Mostoles site in Spain will concentrate on the production of PEX-a pipes for underfloor heating and tap water systems. This is the company’s main product and is showing good growth. As well as the transfer of the composite pipe production, the PEX-b tap water pipe and corrugated pipe production in Spain will be discontinued. The growing demand for composite pipes in the Spanish market will be satisfied by imports from Germany.

The aim of these actions is to reach larger, specialised production entities and to increase efficiency in production and logistics. The actions will reduce the Group’s personnel by almost 100 persons in 2004.

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