Warewashing manufacturer Winterhalter said this morning that it might be forced to reduce its workforce by up to 30% as it battles the fall-out of the coronavirus pandemic.
The company – one of the largest suppliers of dishwashers in the UK – confirmed it is currently reviewing all of its business operations, and considering the best ways to provide proactive support to customers as they, in turn, review how they will operate in future.
It said it had “reluctantly” come to the point where it has to consider reductions in staff numbers. This could potentially affect around 30% of the current workforce.
Based on the headcount provided in its last financial accounts, this could run to more than 40 roles.
In a statement, the Milton Keynes-based company described the last four months as “the hardest months any of us in our industry has ever experienced”.
“Current sales are considerably lower than where we would wish them to be, and the outlook for the remainder of this year and into 2021 is far from encouraging,” it stated.
The company will shortly enter a period of consultation with employees to explore ways to minimise the impact on those involved and avoid redundancies if at all possible.
Winterhalter said its machine sales, service and chemicals divisions will continue to serve all its customers, and it is taking steps to ensure they will not be adversely affected by any internal changes in its business.