Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Switzerland, UK, France, Italy
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Fabricated Metal Products, Except Machinery And Equipment
25.21 - Manufacture of central heating radiators and boilers

320 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 June 2015
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2015
Foreseen end date
1 June 2016


Swiss manufacturer of heating and ventilation products Zehnder Group has announced plans to cut its workforce by 10 per cent over the next twelve months. The group currently has approximately 3,200 staff worldwide.

In an attempt to reduce costs and increase profitability, the Group will close its sites in Rustington, UK, and Vedelago, Italy. Strategic options are being explored for the manufacturing site in Châlons-en-Champagne, France. The development and production of components for the Compact Energy Centre ComfoBox will be shifted from Switzerland to a Euro-area partner. Additional measures will be announced in the next few months.

Zehnder Group has announced that the cuts will be implemented in as socially acceptable a manner as possible, and will rely on natural fluctuations in the workforce and early retirements wherever possible.

The restructuring comes in response to weak activity in the construction sector, low demand for radiators, and negative currency effects due to the revaluation of the Swiss franc in January 2015.


  • 1 June 2015: Handelszeitung (online)
  • 1 June 2015: Zehnder Group Press release
  • 1 June 2015: Neue Züricher Zeitung Online


Eurofound (2015), Zehnder Group, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 83633, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/83633.