The company announced on Wednesday that it would not be possible to resume production in the medium term.
“We are very aware of the importance of this step for our employees in Ukraine – but we currently see no alternative,” Vetropack boss Johann Reiter is quoted as saying in the statement. Vetropack released all employees at the beginning of the war, but continued to pay them their salaries.
“However, this measure is only suitable for temporary bridging. It is not a solution for the duration of a war that may last for many months,” Reiter continued. Without local production, these jobs cannot be financed in the long term.
In the coming weeks, they want to look for solutions for the around 400 employees who have to be laid off. Many of them are men of military age, which is why they are not allowed to leave the country. So far, however, 35 employees have been able to relocate abroad, some of whom work at other Vetropack locations.
Factory should not be abandoned
Despite everything, according to the announcement, Vetropack does not intend to give up the Gostomel site entirely. After the war, the intention was to repair and reopen the factory. However, this will not be possible in the near future because the production facilities are badly damaged and fighting is still going on in the region.
In the medium term, they want to clean up there and protect assets, including the management of used glass and raw materials. A core team on site is exploring the situation and initiating initial measures to prepare for subsequent repairs to the production facility. According to the communiqué, this includes in particular securing the glass packaging and raw materials stored on site.
Up until the beginning of the war, Vetropack produced a variety of glass packaging with three melting tanks and eight production lines at its location in the Ukraine. In 2021, the factory near the capital Kyiv was one of nine in Europe to contribute around 10 percent to the group’s sales and operating profit. (SDA)