Holcim New Zealand has revealed that a company shake-up will result in four management jobs in Christchurch being axed in the next few months. In addition, the wind-down of the Westport cement plant in 2016 has been confirmed, which will result in the loss of about 120 jobs. It is also considering selling part or all of its lime business.
Holcim New Zealand’s managing director, Jeremy Smith, will be made redundant, with Holcim announcing that it will combine its New Zealand and Australian operations. Three other management jobs will also be axed, although the head office in Christchurch will remain open.
“Other than the four senior roles announced as being dis-established in 2015, no other changes are planned in the near future,” said Smith. Commenting on the status of other staff numbers once all the plans come into play, Smith said, “That is not known and it is too early to even discuss. The changes to the business model will eventually reduce the scale and scope of the New Zealand business over the coming years and it will require a smaller corporate management operation after 2016.” Holcim currently employs 420 staff in New Zealand.
Holcim announced in 2013 that it was halting cement manufacturing in New Zealand and replacing it with bulk importing of cement for the New Zealand market. As such, Holcim has gained final approvals for construction to begin on its two new import cement terminals at Timaru and Auckland. Planning work is already underway on the Timaru project, where two 30,000t cement terminals are to be built. The terminals are part of Holcim’s US100m investment in its New Zealand operations.
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