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CompAir ends production at High Wycombe

01 August, 2002

CompAir ends production at High Wycombe

CompAir is to stop making industrial rotary screw compressors at its High Wycombe plant following a restructuring of its global operations into product-focused divisions. Production will be moved to Germany, but the High Wycombe site will remain as the head office for the newly independent company`s worldwide operations.

A review of the company`s operations has revealed a need to reduce excess production capacity at its plants in the UK, mainland Europe and the US. Production at High Wycombe will be phased out during the rest of 2002.

Portable compressors will continue to be made at Camborne and in Germany, high-pressure products at Ipswich, and vane products at Redditch, which will also handle parts storage for the aftermarket.

Under the new structure, there will be separate divisions for industrial, high-pressure, and portable equipment, as well as for aftermarket and contract management services. Each division will have its own management and will operate as an autonomous business. Announcing the changes, new chief executive Nick Sanders said that "the move towards a rationalised global product range gives us the opportunity to concentrate production at specific centres of manufacturing excellence".

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