Hexagon Composites’ subsidiary Devold AMT to move the remaining production of composite reinforcements in Langevåg in Norway to the company’s factory in Lithuania.
Hexagon Composites’ subsidiary Devold AMT has decided to initiate a process with the employee representatives, with the intention to move the remaining production of composite reinforcements in Langevåg in Norway to the company’s factory in Lithuania. Up to 26 employees will be affected by the proposed decommissioning.
The decision is based on the deficit the business unit has had for several years. The company is experiencing positive growth, however the margins on the products that the company supplies have further fallen following the financial instability of the last few years. Devold AMT has therefore been compelled to adjust its cost level to the market conditions in which it operates.
Kåre Dybvik, Managing Director at Devold AMT says;
This is a regrettable, but necessary decision, There will be a substantial gain from assembling all our production facilities in Lithuania and the company is reliant upon improving its margins in order to reverse the negative development.
The company’s wants to be the market leader in the supply of composite reinforcements and the move is part of positioning the company for growth in Europe. Further increases to the production capacity in Lithuania are planned for the future. By making deliveries from Lithuania, the company will come closer to its customers in the European market.
In addition to the factories in Langevåg and Lithuania, Devold AMT has a subsidiary in North Carolina that manufactures and supplies composite reinforcements to the American market.
Hexagon Composites ASA is a publicly listed group with its head office located in Ålesund, Norway. The group has 371 employees and had a turnover of NOK 846 million in 2010. The group develops and manufactures composite containers for the storage and transport of various gases under pressure, and stitched composite reinforcements that make windmills, boats and structures lighter and stronger.