Nobia is entering negotiations with employees and their associations regarding a relocation of its Hygena brand manufacturing to the UK.
The Hygena products are currently made in Stemwede, Germany, and Nobia also proposes to close the sale and production of kitchens for the German DIY market which also takes place there. It will mean that the Stemwede facility will focus on Nobia's Marlin bathroom furniture business.
It is claimed the Stemwede facility is not competitive enough for the manufacture of these kitchens and the move will enable Nobia to capitalise on its economies of scale, by moving production towards larger, brand-independent factories.
Nobia sells kitchens through 20 brands in Europe, including Magnet and Intuo in the UK, Hygena in France, ewe in Austria and Poggenpohl globally.
The Nobia Group has around 7,400 employees and net sales of around SEK 13 billion.
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