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AkzoNobel reduces office locations and jobs in Germany

Monday, 9 September 2013

When completed, these developments will result in a reduction of more than 25 % in the total number of personnel employed by AkzoNobel in Germany to approximately 2,600.

"By bringing office-based management and supporting staff together in fewer locations and better aligning them with the needs of our businesses in Germany, we aim to improve our operational effectiveness as well as lowering overheads," said AkzoNobel Executive Committee member Werner Fuhrmann. Source: AkzoNobel
"By bringing office-based management and supporting staff together in fewer locations and better aligning them with the needs of our businesse...

Following the recent announcements of plans to divest both its Building Adhesives business and Decorative Paints stores in Germany, AkzoNobel has informed employees of its intention to streamline its organizational structure in the country. The proposals involve reducing the number of office locations from eight to three by the summer of 2014. The three offices will be based in Cologne, Hamburg and Stuttgart.

"By bringing office-based management and supporting staff together in fewer locations and better aligning them with the needs of our businesses in Germany, we aim to improve our operational effectiveness as well as lowering overheads," said AkzoNobel Executive Committee member Werner Fuhrmann.

Currently, office employees (including management, supporting staff functions such as HR and finance, and sales personnel) working for diverse business units and the country organization are based in eight office locations spread across Germany (Börnsen, Cologne, Düren, Essen, Hannover, Ludwigsburg, Norderstedt and Wuppertal). This highly fragmented footprint is the result of various mergers and acquisitions that have occurred during the years. The company's main offices in Germany will be sited at a new location in Cologne, providing workspaces for around 250 people. Sales offices in the north and south of the country will be consolidated in Hamburg and Stuttgart.

Going forward, the paint and coatings producer will align the supporting management and staff functions for the country with the organization's changing dimensions. When completed, these developments will result in a reduction of more than 25 % in the total number of personnel employed by AkzoNobel in Germany to approximately 2,600.

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