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Holcim confirms NZ cement plant closure

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Holcim New Zealand is going ahead with its plans to close its New Zealand cement manufacturing plant by the second half of 2016 and is to combine its Australian and New Zealand operations.

AAP reports that the plant in Westport will close when new import facilities at Waitemata in Auckland and Timaru are operational.

According to stuff.co.nz, four management jobs in Christchurch will also be axed in the next few months, although the company’s office in that city will remain open.

One of those to lose their jobs is Holcim NZ managing director Jeremy Smith

"Other than the four senior roles announced today as being dis-established in 2015, no other changes are planned in the near future," Smith said.

"The changes to the business model will eventually reduce the scale and scope of the New Zealand business over the coming years and it will in effect, require a smaller corporate management operation after 2016."

Holcim currently has 420 employees in New Zealand. Smith said that it is too early to know what affects the restructure will have on those workers.

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