124 jobs go as Scholl work goes to India

Scholl footwear manufacturer SSL International today announced plans to close a UK factory and transfer the work to a facility in India.

Scholl footwear manufacturer SSL International today announced plans to close a UK factory and transfer the work to a facility in India.

The closure of the site in Derby, England, which is mainly involved in the packaging of footcare products, is expected to result in the loss of 124 jobs.

SSL, which also makes Durex condoms, has a sizeable manufacturing presence in Asia but still has some plants in the UK, including at Peterlee, Co Durham and Redruth, Cornwall.

It is expected the Derby plant will close by the end of this year.

SSL said today: “Following consultation with employees and trade union representatives, a gradual run-down is planned, with the Derby site anticipated to close in December 2005 with the loss of 124 jobs.

“For the employees affected by this closure, SSL will provide a comprehensive package of support, including counselling and job search services.”

The company recently said turnover from continuing operations was £203.2 million in the six months to September 30, down slightly on the £203.9m (€293.5m) at the same stage last year. Half-year operating profits rose by 50% to £19m (€27.4m).

SSL is focused on its Durex and Scholl brands after selling its antiseptics and surgical gloves business to a management buy-out team.

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