Würth Elektronik ceasing plant in Pforzheim

Relocation and partial move of staff and equipment

(PresseBox) ( Niedernhall, )
The Würth Elektronik Group will cease plant of Würth Elektronik FLATcomp Systems (FCS) in Pforzheim by end of August 2012 for economic reasons. Alternative job offers in other business units of the Würth Elektronik Group at different locations were made to the 29 employees. Business operations, refinement of printed circuit boards by polymer print will be relocated to other business units and corporate divisions within the Würth Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG.

The business model - production and sales of refined printed circuit boards - was not profitable any more in Pforzheim. The business year 2011 had been closed with a slump in revenues of - 18,3 % compared to previous year and a continued negative trend in the business year 2012. A substantial negative result had been recorded for 2010 already. Among other things, the production building was oversized. It had been a production site for printed circuit boards until 2009. Afterwards, the electronic expert specialised in PCB refinement and polymer print technology under the name Würth Elektronik FLATcomp Systems. The operational infrastructure, however, turned out to be too oversized and costly. Thus, Würth Elektronik's executive board considered a complete shutdown of plant Pforzheim as inevitable.

All options for keeping the employees at other locations of Würth Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG and within the Würth Group had been evaluated intensively and discussed in person with the concerned employees.

By now, the company offers alternatives to dismissal to more than half of the staff. For the remaining employees, a redundancy program had been arranged in close coordination between general management, works council and trade union; it will generously absorb consequences for the affected employees.

The printing lines will be relocated to the sites Würth Elektronik GmbH & Co KG in Schopfheim / Black Forest and to Würth Elektronik ICS GmbH & Co KG in Oehringen/ Hohenlohe from where the customer service will be continued.

Any option for future use of the production building in Pforzheim as well the possibilities of sale to new owners are now under review.

„We deeply regret that the business model in Pforzheim did not work anymore, particularly with regard to the Würth Elektronik staff’s extraordinary commitment to their work. All the more, I am happy that such a big part of the workforce will accompany our step to a new future and that we are able to offer an appropriate social action to the other colleagues” explains FLATcomp Systems Executive Manager Dr. Klaus Wittig.

Since 2009, Würth Elektronik FLATcomp Systems GmbH & Co. KG in succession of Würth Elektronik Pforzheim GmbH & Co. KG had been dealing with the upgrading of printed circuit boards by means of polymer technology. Before, Würth Elektronik had been producing printed circuit boards at their premises in Pforzheim.

Executives Würth Elektronik FLATcomp Systems GmbH & Co.KG:
Jürgen Klohe, Jörg Murawski, Denis Giba, Daniel Klein

Polymer print:

Würth Elektronik’s brand name FLATcomp in the PCB industry stands for embedded flat printed conductive polymer components. Customized system solutions based on such conductive polymer had been developed and produced in Pforzheim, such as shielding, key pads, switching surfaces, potentiometers and printed resistors, mainly for automotive applications. Those components can be positioned on the PCB’s outer and inner layer.
Würth Elektronik production plant had been dealing with the polymer technology’s development since 1981.
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