Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland, following an assessment of its production and logistics infrastructure, plans to expand its plant in Dietlikon (ZH) by an ultra-modern, high-speed PET line and to consolidate its Swiss soft drink bottling in a single location.

A total of approximately CHF 18 million would be invested, creating new jobs in Dietlikon. The move is designed to secure and increase the company’s long-term competitiveness and to invest further in the capabilities of its production operations in Switzerland. As a consequence, Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland intends to cease PET production at its Bolligen (BE) site by the end of 2015 and relocate it to Dietlikon. This morning, company management informed employees personally at the Bolligen site about the proposed closure and initiated consultation with those affected on a strong and robust social plan.

“Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland is always on the look-out for ways to increase its competitiveness on the Swiss market over the long term. In this day and age, increasing efficiency is an absolute must for all companies in Switzerland. Following a comprehensive assessment of our Swiss Supply Chain infrastructure, we finally came to the conclusion to invest approximately CHF 18 million into a modern high-speed PET line at our Dietlikon plant and create about 15 additional work places at the Dietlikon production. This confirms our intention to further invest in our Swiss manufacturing capabilities. The incremental volume produced at the Dietlikon plant would be distributed by third party logistics partners,” says Tomas Gawlowski, General Manager of Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland.

Long-term investment into capabilities of its production operations in Switzerland

“The aim of this substantial investment is to use the latest and most efficient technology to produce more innovative products in Switzerland in the future and offer customer-specific and shelf-ready packaging. By centralising production in one location, we intend to reduce the complexity and duplication of the existing infrastructure at our two production plants. We chose to expand the Dietlikon site due to its potential for expansion in terms of capacity, and because it is capable of more efficient supply to our customers throughout Switzerland. This is not possible at the Bolligen plant, which was constructed in the 1960s, because it requires ongoing investment simply to maintain its current condition,” continues Tomas Gawlowski.

As a result, Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland plans to cease PET production at Bolligen and move it to Dietlikon by the end of 2015. Tomas Gawlowski, General Manager of Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland: “We deeply regret this development in Bolligen and are aware that it represents a difficult situation, particularly for our long-standing, loyal employees at the site, as well as for the region generally. Before the management team announced its intentions on the plant closure, the company invested a great deal of time and energy into developing various possible scenarios as the basis for this proposal.”

Employee negotiations on social plan

This morning, company management informed employees personally at the Bolligen site about the proposed closure and initiated the consultation procedure. It also commenced negotiations on a strong and robust social plan. About 90 employees would be affected by the closure. Planned measures for the affected employees include redundancy payments, early retirement options, professional outplacement consultation and support, and individual performance incentives until the plant closure.

 

Further information

Patrick Bossart, Public Affairs & Communications Manager
Tel. +41 44 835 99 10, medias.ch@cchellenic.com

 

Coca‑Cola HBC in Switzerland

Since 1936, Coca‑Cola has been making products for Swiss consumers on their home ground and in doing so employs more than 1,000 people in Switzerland. Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland is the leading manufacturer of alcohol-free beverages in Switzerland. Together with more than 50,000 partners in the gastronomy and retail sectors, the company refreshes Switzerland with around 500 million litres of beverage each year. The product portfolio includes 23 brands, such as Coca‑Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Nestea, Valser, Powerade and Monster. Coca‑Cola also aims to set the tone in matters of sustainability: the company is engaged in countless efforts to protect the environment, assumes social responsibility as a major employer and promotes a healthy, active lifestyle. Coca‑Cola HBC Switzerland Ltd. is a subsidiary of Coca‑Cola HBC Ltd.

For more information please visit www.coca-colahellenic.ch

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