14 November 2006 11:15 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant said on Tuesday that it plans to cut 2,200 jobs, close 10% of its global sites and reduce its product range by 25% in an effort to reduce the company’s cost structure.
Due to be completed by 2009, the initiative is expected to cost the company around SFr500m (€314m/$402m).
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Clariant currently employs 22,000 people, down from 28,000 three years ago
The measures are expected to increase the company’s Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) from 8% to 10% by 2009.
Analysts from Citigroup said in a report that little improvement in Clariant’s profit was expected in the next four years, adding that Clariant’s track record for holding on to cost savings is relatively poor.
However, Citigroup said it expected the initiative to save the company around SFr225-250m annually.
Clariant added that it plans to invest SFr100m in Asia over the next four years, concentrating on
The Asian expansion would be especially important in the company’s application-driven business in the functional chemicals division, it added.
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