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Carbon company must make savings

SGL products are used for car brakes, but also by the aerospace industry

A subsidiary of a German-based manufacturer of carbon products has said it must make savings of 3m-4m.

Bosses at SGL Technic in Muir of Ord, Ross-shire, warned that some jobs could be lost.

Staff are to be informed of further details on cost cutting at a meeting scheduled for 5 February.

SGL Technic - part of the SGL Group - researches, develops and manufactures products made from carbon, graphite and composite materials.

Cutting costs

These are used to make brakes for car - some early designs were created in conjunction with Porsche - but also by the electronics, aerospace and textiles industries.

More than 280 staff are employed at the Ross-shire site.

Clemens Hauswirth, site director, said the company was facing challenges because of the economic downturn.

He said: "There is a great deal of uncertainty in our markets which is making it very difficult to finalise our budgets going forward.

"We are sure of one thing, which is we must make savings of at least 3m to 4m.

"We have urged all our employees to look at ways of cutting costs but we all know that it is unlikely we can make the necessary savings without some reduction in staffing levels."

In 2007, the Muir of Ord company secured fresh investment of 22m.

At the time SGL Technic said 64 new posts would be created and added to its workforce of 230.

The SGL Group has 41 production facilities throughout the world - 22 of these sites are in Europe, 12 in North America and seven in Asia.

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