Jobs under threat at Crown Paints in Darwen

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TEN jobs could be lost at Crown Paints in Darwen as part of a multi-million pound investment in new technology to speed up the process of filling cans with paint.

Bosses said the investment was necessary for the firm to continue as a leader in the paint manufacturing market.

A period of consultation has been entered with employees but the Lancashire Telegraph understands the majority of redundancies will be voluntary.

A further 60 jobs could be lost at the firm’s plant in Hull.

Managing director Joe Devitt said: “This investment is key to our ongoing bid to remain competitive and at the forefront of the industry.

“Inevitably, increased efficiencies will result in organisational change and restructuring, and we will be entering into a period of consultation with the employees concerned.”

Coun Pete Hollings, who works at the Darwen site, said: “The GMB Union is, as always, working with management to minimise the effect on a very skilled and dedicated workforce.”

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10:03am Sat 24 Nov 12

goz says...

Lets see how many managers go eh, less employees also need less management crawlers !!!
Lets see how many managers go eh, less employees also need less management crawlers !!! goz
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10:28am Sat 24 Nov 12

mavrick says...

The headline should read 70 jobs to go at crown paints. Sadly the efficiency drive has coost jobs, Maybe if the management had concentrated on improving sales no jobs would be lost.
The headline should read 70 jobs to go at crown paints. Sadly the efficiency drive has coost jobs, Maybe if the management had concentrated on improving sales no jobs would be lost. mavrick
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10:39am Sat 24 Nov 12

woolywords says...

Suspect that few will actually lose a job but rather a reduction in the numbers of agency staff being used, so as to redeploy permanant staff.
It is encouraging to note that the company is only making minimal job losses in what must be tought trading times all round.
Suspect that few will actually lose a job but rather a reduction in the numbers of agency staff being used, so as to redeploy permanant staff. It is encouraging to note that the company is only making minimal job losses in what must be tought trading times all round. woolywords
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11:22am Sat 24 Nov 12

sonny says...

mavrick wrote:
The headline should read 70 jobs to go at crown paints. Sadly the efficiency drive has coost jobs, Maybe if the management had concentrated on improving sales no jobs would be lost.
and that prob goes for 90% of all manufacturers in England that have made job cuts during the recession, especially the backwards company in Darwen I work for.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: The headline should read 70 jobs to go at crown paints. Sadly the efficiency drive has coost jobs, Maybe if the management had concentrated on improving sales no jobs would be lost.[/p][/quote]and that prob goes for 90% of all manufacturers in England that have made job cuts during the recession, especially the backwards company in Darwen I work for. sonny
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2:06pm Sat 24 Nov 12

louderfasterlonger says...

Sales growth year on year since the company was sold by Akzo Nobel during a double dip recession is not indicative of a failing company, however efficiency drives and technical improvements are needed to grow the business.
The technical improvements constitute a massive investment to drive down costs and to ensure that a famous company that has manufactured paint for over 100 years continues to do so.
Sales growth year on year since the company was sold by Akzo Nobel during a double dip recession is not indicative of a failing company, however efficiency drives and technical improvements are needed to grow the business. The technical improvements constitute a massive investment to drive down costs and to ensure that a famous company that has manufactured paint for over 100 years continues to do so. louderfasterlonger
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4:54pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Rumpole says...

louderfasterlonger wrote:
Sales growth year on year since the company was sold by Akzo Nobel during a double dip recession is not indicative of a failing company, however efficiency drives and technical improvements are needed to grow the business.
The technical improvements constitute a massive investment to drive down costs and to ensure that a famous company that has manufactured paint for over 100 years continues to do so.
Spending millions of pounds on technology to fill cans with paint is more cost effective than spending a few hundred thousand a year to employ humans to do it?

There is driving down costs and then there is profiteering at the expense of the workforce.
[quote][p][bold]louderfasterlonger[/bold] wrote: Sales growth year on year since the company was sold by Akzo Nobel during a double dip recession is not indicative of a failing company, however efficiency drives and technical improvements are needed to grow the business. The technical improvements constitute a massive investment to drive down costs and to ensure that a famous company that has manufactured paint for over 100 years continues to do so.[/p][/quote]Spending millions of pounds on technology to fill cans with paint is more cost effective than spending a few hundred thousand a year to employ humans to do it? There is driving down costs and then there is profiteering at the expense of the workforce. Rumpole
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8:54pm Sat 24 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

Get your pens at the ready , you'll need to autograph a piece a of paper. Every 2nd Thursday of course
Get your pens at the ready , you'll need to autograph a piece a of paper. Every 2nd Thursday of course 2 for 5p
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9:38pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Babbar Divino says...

Rumpole wrote:
louderfasterlonger wrote:
Sales growth year on year since the company was sold by Akzo Nobel during a double dip recession is not indicative of a failing company, however efficiency drives and technical improvements are needed to grow the business.
The technical improvements constitute a massive investment to drive down costs and to ensure that a famous company that has manufactured paint for over 100 years continues to do so.
Spending millions of pounds on technology to fill cans with paint is more cost effective than spending a few hundred thousand a year to employ humans to do it?

There is driving down costs and then there is profiteering at the expense of the workforce.
Correct, spending millions of p0unds on technology to fill cans with paint is more cost effective than spending a few hundred thousand a year to employ humans to do it
[quote][p][bold]Rumpole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]louderfasterlonger[/bold] wrote: Sales growth year on year since the company was sold by Akzo Nobel during a double dip recession is not indicative of a failing company, however efficiency drives and technical improvements are needed to grow the business. The technical improvements constitute a massive investment to drive down costs and to ensure that a famous company that has manufactured paint for over 100 years continues to do so.[/p][/quote]Spending millions of pounds on technology to fill cans with paint is more cost effective than spending a few hundred thousand a year to employ humans to do it? There is driving down costs and then there is profiteering at the expense of the workforce.[/p][/quote]Correct, spending millions of p0unds on technology to fill cans with paint is more cost effective than spending a few hundred thousand a year to employ humans to do it Babbar Divino
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3:12pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Rumpole says...

Babbar Divino wrote:
Rumpole wrote:
louderfasterlonger wrote:
Sales growth year on year since the company was sold by Akzo Nobel during a double dip recession is not indicative of a failing company, however efficiency drives and technical improvements are needed to grow the business.
The technical improvements constitute a massive investment to drive down costs and to ensure that a famous company that has manufactured paint for over 100 years continues to do so.
Spending millions of pounds on technology to fill cans with paint is more cost effective than spending a few hundred thousand a year to employ humans to do it?

There is driving down costs and then there is profiteering at the expense of the workforce.
Correct, spending millions of p0unds on technology to fill cans with paint is more cost effective than spending a few hundred thousand a year to employ humans to do it
So tell me the purpose of ensuring the business grows if it will have no benefit to the local community in providing jobs to sustain the local economy?

When all these companies are fully automated what happens then?

All profits and no employees!
[quote][p][bold]Babbar Divino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rumpole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]louderfasterlonger[/bold] wrote: Sales growth year on year since the company was sold by Akzo Nobel during a double dip recession is not indicative of a failing company, however efficiency drives and technical improvements are needed to grow the business. The technical improvements constitute a massive investment to drive down costs and to ensure that a famous company that has manufactured paint for over 100 years continues to do so.[/p][/quote]Spending millions of pounds on technology to fill cans with paint is more cost effective than spending a few hundred thousand a year to employ humans to do it? There is driving down costs and then there is profiteering at the expense of the workforce.[/p][/quote]Correct, spending millions of p0unds on technology to fill cans with paint is more cost effective than spending a few hundred thousand a year to employ humans to do it[/p][/quote]So tell me the purpose of ensuring the business grows if it will have no benefit to the local community in providing jobs to sustain the local economy? When all these companies are fully automated what happens then? All profits and no employees! Rumpole
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2:09pm Wed 28 Nov 12

annie1275 says...

Had to happen didn't it. When all warrington lost their jobs it was on the cards for Darwen.(And Warrington were the ones who were not working at a loss)
Had to happen didn't it. When all warrington lost their jobs it was on the cards for Darwen.(And Warrington were the ones who were not working at a loss) annie1275
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2:13pm Wed 28 Nov 12

annie1275 says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Get your pens at the ready , you'll need to autograph a piece a of paper. Every 2nd Thursday of course
When warrington closed it was on the cards for Darwen as well.Feel sorry for the lads who will lose their jobs.I remember someone in management coming down from Darwen saying he had waited 10years to shut warrington down,and he acheived it. Well i hope he is one of those who has lost his job..
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Get your pens at the ready , you'll need to autograph a piece a of paper. Every 2nd Thursday of course[/p][/quote]When warrington closed it was on the cards for Darwen as well.Feel sorry for the lads who will lose their jobs.I remember someone in management coming down from Darwen saying he had waited 10years to shut warrington down,and he acheived it. Well i hope he is one of those who has lost his job.. annie1275
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