19 June 2012 16:36 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--German specialty chemicals and pharmaceuticals firm Merck KGaA will go ahead with plans to close Swiss sites in ?xml:namespace>
Merck, which had announced the measures in March, said that proposals by workers’ council and union representatives to avoid the closures were not practicable.
Merck plans to transfer 750 of the 1,250 positions at its Serono pharmaceuticals business in
In addition, about 80 positions will be cut at Coinsins, near Geneva, and sites in Aubonne and Corsier-sur-Vevey. The manufacturing operations in Coinsins will be relocated to Aubonne, the company said.
“This restructuring process involves tough measures, but these are essential to safeguard the future of Merck Serono,” said Stefan Oschmann, executive board member of Merck and head of the Serono business.
Merck acquired Serono in 2006. Following the closures, Merck will continue to employ close to 1,000 people in
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