Australia-based protection solutions manufacturer Ansell is set to shut down its two production facilities in Ciudad Juarez, the company informed. These two facilities in Mexico manufactured medical gloves. Ansell has presence in Mexico since 1985.
The closures relate to the transformation program that was first announced by the company in July 2017, targeting US$ 30 million annual cost saving by Fiscal 2020. This action includes the closure of another site in South Korea.
Ansell said manufacturing activities would be consolidated in its facilities in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand.
“With our streamlined manufacturing footprint at our best performing and most efficient sites, we expect to generate more than US$ 20 million of annual cost savings, slightly above the plan announced in July 2017,” said chief executive Magnus Nicolin in a statement.
Ansell's 2017-2018 full year net profit surged to US$ 484.3 million, bolstered by the US$ 345 million gain on the sale of its condoms business.