AT&S moves Klagenfurt plant to short-time working

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 15 May 2009



(2009), "AT&S moves Klagenfurt plant to short-time working", Circuit World, Vol. 35 No. 2.



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AT&S moves Klagenfurt plant to short-time working

Article Type: Industry news From: Circuit World, Volume 35, Issue 2

In the light of continuing weak demand in several markets, AT&S Klagenfurt Leiterplatten GmbH have introduced short-time working for the next 3 month. The company switched up to 50 per cent of weekly working hours to short-time working from 1 February 2009.

Thanks to its focus on the automotive and industrial markets and its successful niche strategy, AT&S Klagenfurt Leiterplatten GmbH, in which AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft holds a 77 per cent stake, has quickly established itself as Europe’s largest producer of single-sided printed circuit boards (PCBs). In 2007, the 165 employees at the Carinthian plant generated revenues of around EUR20m, compared with EUR198.4m for the entire European market for single-sided PCBs.

The current economic slowdown has brought about a significant drop in demand, resulting in capacity underutilization. In an attempt to counter these effects, short-time working is planned to be introduced on 1 February 2009 and will last for 3 month. The Public Employment Service Austria was notified of the decision today.

Short-time working will account for up to 50 per cent of weekly working hours, although short-term decisions on the actual percentage will be made on the basis of the prevailing order situation. Around 130 employees will be affected by the change.

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