28 October 2009 16:04 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Germany’s chemical employers and chemical union IG BCE on Wednesday reiterated their commitment to avoid job cuts despite continuing challenges from the tough economy.
After a top-level meeting in Ludwigshafen, Eggert Voscherau, the head of employers group BAVC and chairman of BASF’s supervisory board, and union leader Michael Vassiliadis said in a joint statement that job cuts could only be the very last resort.
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Voscherau and Vassiliadis acknowledged that the global economic and financial crisis had hit
Production and sales had plummeted, and capacity utilisation was at a historic low, they said.
While some producers were recovering, others remained stuck in the crisis, they said.
“Even though the trough has been reached, it will take a long time until the chemical industry regains its pre-crisis production levels,” they said.
They also urged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new coalition government to do more to recognise the importance of industrial production for
In particular, all parties needed to help in setting conditions that will allow new technologies, such as nano- and gene technologies, to be developed in
In related news on Wednesday, Berlin-based economic research institute DIW said that
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