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Ziegler Papier ceasing production of fine and special paper

Photo: zieglerpapier/Wikimedia Commons
Photo: zieglerpapier/Wikimedia Commons
Published by
Simon Matthis - 14 Jan 2016

Ziegler Papier AG announced recently that the company will be  ceasing production of fine and special papers at the Grellingen plant. The decision to discontinue production was taken because of persisting overcapacities, the negative exchange rate situation and the major price pressure as a result. With the Swiss National Bank decision of 15 January 2015, the situation has worsened again. Over recent years, Ziegler Papier AG has implemented various innovation and efficiency improvement projects and continued to invest at the Grellingen site. But the possibilities have now been exhausted. Further cost reductions make no sense. In addition, one can assume that the situation and prospects for the Grellingen plant will not fundamentally improve over the next few years, especially in view of the fact that there are no signs of price relaxation on the raw materials side. Production will thus be ceased, probably at the end of April 2016. The company will repurpose the plant site. The managing owners have today personally informed the employees of the decision. The authorities of the Canton of Baselland and the local council, as well as the KIGA, have also been informed. The consultation process has now been initiated. Together with the trade union, SPV, Ziegler Papier will now finalise the Social Plan as provided for in the collective bargaining agreement and look for the best possible solutions for its around 100 employees. The managing owners of the 155-year-old family business regret that, despite the great commitment of the employees and despite innovative and cost-saving measures, the production at the Grellingen site has to be ceased because of the adverse circumstances.

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