API announces closure of Rednitzhembach site
API Group has announced it is to restructure part of its European distribution network and, as a consequence, close its German facility in Rednitzhembach.
The restructure follows an internal review of its European facilities aimed at delivering better service to its customers and will see customer service and converting operations move to other API sites by the end of the year. The slitting conversion of all graphic and number plate foils will be transferred to API’s Amsterdam facility and coding foil slitting will be moved to the company’s factory in Warsaw.
Amsterdam is a well-staffed facility which includes ample warehousing space, which following the acquisition of Amsterdam Metallized Products in 2016, has seen significant investment in its slitting capabilities to meet customer demands. Similarly, the Warsaw site already converts coding rolls for most API markets and the move in production is therefore a natural extension, and will enable the company to be more responsive to its customers’ coding foil needs.
The closure of Rednitzhembach will result in approximately 12 job losses. API Germany Field Sales and Technical Service employees are remaining with the business and will continue to support customers in the DACH region. API will work to provide as much support as possible for its employees throughout the closure and transfer process. The company will also work closely with all its customers to ensure a smooth transition to the Amsterdam and Warsaw facilities.
“The decision to close our Rednitzhembach site is not one that API has taken lightly and it is in no way a reflection on the quality or commitment of our employees,” comments Dino Kiriakopoulos, President and CEO of the API Group. “By focusing on our larger operations in the Netherlands and Poland we believe we will be able to serve better our customers’ needs and grow sales throughout the region.”