About 95 jobs will be axed from Carl Zeiss Vision’s production plant at Lonsdale, South Australia as the company announces a restructure due to the tougher economic climate.
A media release issued on behalf of Frank Fleck, Vice President Corporate Marketing (Germany) says Carl Zeiss Vision will transfer parts of production from Lonsdale to its China site by the end of the year.
“The company will provide affected staff with any possible support to find new employment opportunities, by way of internal transfers and redundancies, taking place over the coming months and due for completion in late 2009. We have immediately communicated our decision to staff,” says a spokesperson for Carl Zeiss Vision. “We will continue to work with staff and their union as we progress with the planned structural adjustments.”
The media release says: “Carl Zeiss Vision emphasises Lonsdale has a key role to play in the future, with significant investment being made within the Australian commercial business. The company has invested significantly in the expansion of its prescription laboratory network which now employs over 340 employees across Australia with the majority located in Adelaide.
A grant has also recently been approved through the South Australian Innovation and Investment Fund which will be used to expand operations in the cutting-edge free-form surfacing division.”
“Against the background of the tougher market and the worldwide economic downturn the planned measures are necessary for us to stay competitive,” says Dr. Raymund Heinen, COO of Carl Zeiss Vision (based in Germany).
“Australia remains a key market for us. Lonsdale has its future role to play with manufacturing units for high-quality products, as a distribution site and with its R&D activities,” he adds.