Yves Rocher to reduce jobs at Kilbarry plant

French skincare giant Yves Rocher is shedding jobs and cutting operational activity by a third at its Cork manufacturing plant.

The company, which employs about 200 people at its facility in the Kilbarry Industrial Park on Dublin Hill, confirmed last night that it plans to transfer two of its production lines to a sister facility in Brittany by end of this year, or early next year.

The restructuring of the manufacturing operations will result in a 33% reduction in operational activity at the Cork site, which makes a range of skincare products for the international market.

The company, which commenced operations in Cork in 1981, has now opened a “limited voluntary redundancy programme” for permanent employees.

A company spokesman could not say how many people can be accommodated by the scheme.

However, he confirmed that a €3.2m investment in a new high-speed production line for the Cork plant which was announced last year will proceed and will be commissioned this summer as planned — securing the facility’s future.

The company, headquartered in Brittany, France, employs approximately 14,000 people worldwide.

Yves Rocher came to Cork in 1981 and established its Dublin Hill facility in 1984. In 2010, the site exported 66m units of skincare products.

At the last major investment in the plant in 2010, Jacques Rocher, the then president of the Yves Rocher Foundation, said the Cork facility has been a key element of the Yves Rocher network since its establishment.

It is the main producer for strategic Yves Rocher brands such as Riche Crème Pure Calmille, Arnica, and Serum Vegetale.

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