Plastic plumbing and drainage manufacturers Wavin are to cut a further 165 UK jobs, while 16 jobs are going as British Gypsum scales down production at their Sussex plant.
The Wavin announcement follows 200 job cuts at the firm that were announced in October and which also mainly affected the UK.
This latest UK reorganisation is part of the restructuring programme announced in the company’s December 2008 trading update which will lead to savings of around €15 million against non-recurring charges of around €14 million, said the company.
Post job cuts, Wavin will have approximately 1,200 staff based in the UK.
Mike Emson , operations manager at British Gypsum’s Robertsbridge factory, told the Rye and Battle Observer that “the continuing general economic situation has led to many challenges for the construction in the face of a sharp decline in demand”.
He added: “It is therefore with regret that an announcement to scale back production has been made resulting in the loss of jobs at the site.”
Consultation with the affected employees has now begun.