Denby weighs up moving manufacturing overseas

Denby Potteries – formerly Denby Pottery – is looking at the possibility of moving some of its production overseas as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
The move follows last month’s management buyout at the iconic tableware company, completed weeks after 35 employees were made redundant.

The Denby management has held a number of meetings with the 450 staff at the Denby, Derbyshire head office, outlining the need to cut costs during the current recession. It said that part of the solution could be to move some manufacturing abroad, which would inevitably endanger more jobs. However, it will be some months before a decision is made.

In a statement, managing director Gary Biggs said: “The current global recession has had a devastating impact on the global tableware industry. For Denby to remain at the forefront of the industry in the long term, all strategic options must be considered, but no firm decision in respect of the option to transfer production of some of its manufacturing processes overseas will be taken for several months.

“All employees will, of course, be kept fully informed as we develop our plans for the future.”

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