Rehau closes Winnipeg plant
Apr. 25, 2018 – REHAU has announced plans to adjust its window solutions division in Canada and the United States. As a result, REHAU will close its manufacturing plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba by the end of 2018.
“The decision to cease operations at our window profile extrusion plant in Winnipeg was difficult but necessary,” said Christian Fabian, CEO REHAU Americas. “There is no realistic prospect for profitability and therefore we have reached the unfortunate but inevitable decision to close this facility.”
The Winnipeg plant provides profiles to a network of window manufacturers who supply uPVC windows to residential and commercial projects throughout Canada and the United States. Along with the plant closure will come an adjusted North American product portfolio, focused on delivering the technologically advanced designs upon which the REHAU window brand was built.
“Our plant in Winnipeg will continue to operate through 2018 as we sell-down inventory and complete customer orders. We will work closely with our customers to support and prepare them for transition,” added Fabian.
“We recognize the contributions our window solutions division employees have made over the years to REHAU and we are placing the highest priority on treating them fairly and respectfully. We are committed to working with them throughout this transition period” said Fabian.
The planned adjustment will affect 75 employees in Canada, as well as a small number of employees in the United States. REHAU’s other divisions as well as the window solutions division in other sub regions of the Americas will not be impacted by this announcement, and the group as a whole will continue to move forward with its growth strategy.
Optimizing its global manufacturing network is a key part of the company’s group strategy. REHAU is strengthening its existing business in core markets, increasing growth in developing and emerging markets such as Central and South America, and driving increased value-added innovation. REHAU will continue to invest and refocus on its core competency as a supplier of highly innovative and sustainable solutions. Among these pioneering solutions for the window industry are RAU-FIPRO―a proprietary uPVC and fiberglass composite that combines the unique benefits of each material; high-performance Passive House- certified systems, and smart window features such as the REHAU SmartGuard intrusion protection revealed in March during “fensterbau frontale.”
“We have a compelling business need to better align our assets with marketplace trends and customer requirements,” said Fabian. “To that end, we are setting up our manufacturing network to service innovative production lines – in strategic geographic areas – to better meet current and future production needs and the evolving needs of our customers.”
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