PPG lays off 80 at Dutch plant

Responding to the difficult trading conditions affecting its principle customers, US glass fiber producer PPG has laid off 80 temporary employees at its PPG Industries Fiber Glass plant in Westerbroek…

Responding to the difficult trading conditions affecting its principle customers, US glass fiber producer PPG has laid off 80 temporary employees at its PPG Industries Fiber Glass plant in Westerbroek, northern Netherlands, it was reported on 5 September 2003. According to PPG Westerbroek official, Gerard Burger, the plant, which employs 640, has cut its production capacity by 20%. The company has been affected by the unfavourable economic situation and therefore cut its production because of rises in stock levels, Burger added. The plant serves the automobile, electronics and construction sector, mainly in Germany. Currently prices in the sectors are under pressure but will improve if the economies in Europe and the USA recover, Burger said. The PPG Westerbroek plant has a relatively high number of temporary employees, trade union FNV Bondgenoten said. Founded in 1883 as Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., PPG Industries has a worldwide workforce of around 33,000 and had EUR 7.630 billion (USD 8.067 billion) sales in 2002.