Metso re­duces staff

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Staff num­bers at the Mata­mata branch of Metso New Zealand Limited will be re­duced from 69 to 31.

Mata­mata ad­min­is­tra­tive man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Keith Cooke said staff had been fully in­formed of the re­view process which, as in­di­cated, started in 2009. ‘‘While the process took time, it also re­flects the care and at­ten­tion Metso gave to what is a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. It is im­por­tant to note the re­view of our site started as part of a global re­view for all man­u­fac­tur­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘Staff un­der­stood the key is­sues were how to take a sup­ply chain that had been in­her­ited mainly by ac­qui­si­tions and turn it into a more ef­fi­cient and re­ac­tive sup­ply to en­sure we could com­pete glob­ally.’’ So while staff knew this was all hap­pen­ing, Mr Cooke said it was still a shock for staff to hear the ac­tual decision.

Fur­ther dis­cus­sions since have helped with un­der­stand­ing of why the decision was made.

‘‘ Staff af­fected gen­er­ally are grate­ful that Metso has been up front with the decision, have the chance to in­put on this and will have time, with the time lines pro­posed, to make ad­just­ments in their lives as jobs will be af­fected from April to De­cem­ber,’’ he said.

Coun­selling and, even­tu­ally, out place­ment sup­port will be of­fered by Metso.

As part of the re­view process one op­tion was to close the whole site down.

‘‘By pure cost anal­y­sis, there are cheaper places to make the prod­uct. How­ever, Metso is aware that we have skills, knowl­edge and past per­for­mance here in Mata­mata that would be dif­fi­cult to re­place,’’ Mr Cooke said.

By the op­tion taken, Metso will be mak­ing some ef­fi­ciency gains. How­ever they are also keep­ing to­gether a team that can take the prod­uct for­ward by reestab­lish­ing as a tech­nol­ogy cen­tre. ‘‘Metso was also very aware we op­er­ate in a small town. The mil­lions we spend on wages and sup­ply would have an im­pact if to­tally lost. The com­mu­nity was def­i­nitely taken into con­sid­er­a­tion along with the staff im­pacts,’’ Mr Cooke said.

The op­er­a­tion in Mata­mata will be­come a tech­nol­ogy cen­tre de­signed to ser­vice spe­cific prod­uct com­po­nents and clas­sic parts.

A con­sul­ta­tion process has be­gun with staff and it is an­tic­i­pated that im­ple­men­ta­tion of any changes would be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 2012.

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