May 25, 2006 10:36 ET

Goss halves workforce at its Preston factory

LONDON, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - May 25, 2006) - Printing machine manufacturer Goss International is to shed more than half its workforce at the Preston base.

Goss first confirmed significant job losses and then announced that the number of redundancies was not as high as the "worst-case scenario".

Amicus Assistant General Secretary, Tony Burke, said:

"Goss has said 179 of its 346 staff would be made redundant, leaving 159 staff at the Lancashire plant. Amicus will be doing all it can to assist our members at the plant and save as many jobs as is possible."

Of the 179 jobs, 115 are in manufacturing. Amicus Regional Official Terry Thompson said it aimed to save 15 of those through kit maintenance roles. A 12-week consultation period began yesterday.

Goss has said the Preston site would focus on retail, distribution and project management. It would also handle sales and support for kit such as the Goss Flexible Printing System and Colorliner presses. Manufacturing would switch from Preston to mainland Europe or the US.


Contact Information

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    Terry Thompson
    07768 746629
    Amicus press office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 / 07980 224761