November 10, 2006 11:46 ET

Amicus angry at closure of tampon factory in West Midlands

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2006) - Amicus trade union representatives were notified yesterday by Accantia management that the company intends to outsource production of its feminine hygiene products overseas which would result in the closure of the Alum Rock site with the loss of 150 jobs.

Amicus believe that this move is purely based on the company's desire to move the production abroad in a bid to make even more profit than they enjoy at present. Originally known as Smith & Nephew, the company has undergone a series of buyouts, latterly to Duke Street Capital in 2004 and since the business has continued to grow significantly.

Amicus' Regional Officer, Lynne Shakespeare, said:

"Accantia is a highly profitable company has been consistently profitable over the years and this intended move appears to be based on corporate greed in order to make more profits than they do now.

"Amicus intends to gain the best deal we possibly can for all our members who will be forced out into an already overstressed jobs market. However, it is indeed a very sad day to hear of the company's intention to move out of the UK bearing in mind their 112 years of proud history of manufacturing in Birmingham."

Accantia holds brands such as Simple, the leading brand of Skin Care in the UK, and Lil-lets which is the number 2 best seller in UK tampon sales. Accantia also produces the famous Wrights Soap a family favourite for over 150 years.

Under its proposal, Accantia intend to complete this closure by the end of July 2007. Amicus are meeting with management next Wednesday for proper consultation.

Contact Information

  • Amicus Regional Officer
    Lynne Shakespeare
    Mobile: 07958 511583
    Amicus Press Officer
    Ashraf Choudhury
    Tel: 020 7420 8914
    Mobile: 07980 224761