CooperVision cuts jobs

CooperVision confirms the loss of more than 40 jobs, while 130 staff are moved from a former Sauflon plant to its Delta Park facility

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Contact lens manufacturer CooperVision has confirmed the loss of more than 40 jobs as part of an integration process as it streamlines its UK-based production facilities.

A spokesperson informed OT that 43 former Sauflon staff have taken redundancy – 39 of them voluntarily.

CooperVision confirmed that, in addition to the redundancies, more than 130 staff have been redeployed from the Fareham-based former Sauflon factory to its Delta Park, Hamble plant.

A statement issued by the company, explained that: “In order to sustain an efficient, effective and competitive manufacturing base, we have addressed some minimal areas of duplication between our facilities and transferred manufacturing from our Fareham facility to other existing sites in Hamble and Budapest, Hungary.”

The statement added: “As a result we are deploying over 130 employees from our Fareham facility to our Hamble site and anticipate a smooth transition during the next few months with no impact on the service we provide for our customers.”

CooperVision acquired Sauflon, a family business founded by Alan Wells, in 2014 for an estimated £700m. As a market leader in disposable contact lenses, the Sauflon Fareham plant manufactured more than 100 million lenses annually.