Sarner Cristal closes Uetendorf works

Swiss crystal manufacturer Sarner Cristal will close its glassworks in Uetendorf, near Thun, at the end of March 2006, affecting 17 workers, it was reported on 31 January 2006.
The closure was brough…

Swiss crystal manufacturer Sarner Cristal will close its glassworks in Uetendorf, near Thun, at the end of March 2006, affecting 17 workers, it was reported on 31 January 2006. The closure was brought about by the high price of gas, which rose to CHF 1,060 (USD 823/EUR 682) per tonne from CHF 530 (USD 411.3/341 EUR) per tonne in 2005. The manufacturer uses nearly 0.7 tonnes of gas per day. Sarner Cristal was set up in 1957 in Sarnen, in central Switzerland. In 1995 the company moved to Uetendorf, in the southwestern part of the country. Owners Ursula and Martin Schluchter will not be able to develop a social plan for the seven full-time and ten part-time employees affected by the closure. The Schluchter family plans to produce under the Sarner Cristal brand through selected glassworks in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Germany.