The company had decided to close the factory because significant investments would be needed to renew and update the production equipment in order to remain competitive. As under these circumstances it would not have been possible to operate the plant in an economical way in the future, the plant will reduce its activities in two steps beginning this summer and will stop production end of 2014. In line with these steps employees will gradually cease their work in the plant.
SCHOTT is aware of its responsibilities to its employees and has found a fair solution in cooperation with the social partners: 30 of the 112 affected employees will be able relocate and work at other SCHOTT facilities in Germany and Switzerland. The company and the workers also agreed on a financial compensation as well as the engagement of professional agencies that will accompany all other employees and support them in finding new jobs. The agreement has been reached as a result of the negotiation process between the company and the Workers Committee, and has already been approved by the Workers Assembly.
SCHOTT will continue its sales activities in Spain with the same quality and reliability as usual, and will keep on being present with a sales office.
SCHOTT is an international technology group with 130 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics and transportation industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in 35 countries. Its workforce of 15,400 employees generated worldwide sales of 1.84 billion euros for the 2012/2013 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.