- The printing company Swissprinters in Zofingen plans to cease operations at the end of September.
- The company currently has 144 permanent employees.
- It said in a statement that the decline in demand for printed products is responsible for this decision.
Swissprinters is a subsidiary of the media companies Ringier and NZZ. The company prints catalogues, magazines and brochures, among other things. It has now lost significant orders, and paper and energy prices remain high, Swissprinters wrote in a statement.
All employees will be affected by the suspension of operations. There is still a consultation process. The final number of employees to be laid off will not be determined until after the process is complete. Part of the job cuts can be absorbed within the framework of the existing social plan and through early retirement.
Print orders are more likely to go abroad
The announcement goes on to say that a tender will be held for Ringier and NZZ leaflets previously printed in Zofingen. However, orders can be placed abroad because there is no longer sufficient printing capacity in Switzerland after the lockdown.
The company arose from the merger of four traditional printing companies: Ringier Print Zofingen AG (founded 1833), NZZ Fretz AG (Zurich, 1860), Zollikofer AG (St. Gallen, 1789) and Imprimeries Réunies Lausanne SA (1906).
Swissprinters closed its operations in Lausanne, St. Gallen and Zurich more than 10 years ago and transferred orders to Zofingen. But now the printing plant in Zofingen will soon become history.
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