Cargotec is looking to save more than US$27 million per year with a cost saving program that will result in the loss of 260 full time employees at MacGregor.
According to preliminary estimates, efficiency improvement actions seek the reduction of approximately 260 full-time equivalents globally. As of the end of September 2016, MacGregor employed a global workforce of 2355, according to Cargotec.
The objective of the savings is to adapt to the prevailing market situation faced by MacGregor. In addition, the aim is to ensure long-term competitiveness on global markets and to continue the improvement of operational efficiency, Cargotec said.
“MacGregor's market situation is challenging. In the offshore industry, the low price of oil keeps investments at an unprecedentedly low level, which affects the demand for offshore load handling solutions. The demand for service has declined as parts from decommissioned ships are increasingly being used as spare parts. There is overcapacity on global merchant ship markets, and orders for new vessels are at an exceptionally low level, which decreases the demand for MacGregor's products and solutions,” the company said.
Cargotec is seeking cost savings through the planned restructuring of operations and potentially with personnel reductions. It is estimated that the measures affect especially the operations in Norway, China, Sweden, Finland and Singapore.
The planned savings measures are estimated to result in restructuring costs in Q4 2016 and in 2017.
"Even in this challenging market situation MacGregor is the leading and the strongest player in the maritime cargo flow, mooring and load handling markets. As a result of these difficult but necessary actions MacGregor will become more agile. We have strong competence to help our customers operate more efficiently," Michel van Roozendaal, president of MacGregor said.