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Yesterday, the SKN Group, a traditional printing and publishing group based in Norden, informed the staff about the status of the provisional debtor-in-possession proceedings conducted for SKN Druck und Verlag GmbH & Co. KG and its six subsidiaries. In view of the current situation and the developments in the market, it had been necessary to restructure the group of companies.
The restructuring concept presented yesterday includes provisions for preserving the three core businesses – i.e. printing, newspaper and publishing – and restructuring them to become more efficient. This means that the printing business will move to the Emden site, while the newspaper and publishing businesses will continue to operate in Norden.
“Our plans were aimed at continuing to provide work for as many employees as reasonable and possible, while being economically profitable and competitive at the same time,” said managing partner Ms Charlotte Basse. Nevertheless, the truth is that the SKN Group has to become smaller and to abandon loss-making operations, which means that the full number of staff will no longer be needed.
“This step has been very difficult for us to take,” Ms Charlotte Basse added. “However, we are very happy to say that, after intensive but constructive negotiations with the works council representatives, we have succeeded in finding a solution which will save around 290 jobs in Norden and Emden.”
The group is offering 33 employees the opportunity to join a transfer company for up to ten months, depending on how long they have been working for SKN. However, for legal reasons, there will also have to be 15 insolvency-related redundancies.
In the meantime, ongoing business operations will be fully continued without any changes. The current order situation is sound. Production and compliance with delivery and other deadlines are guaranteed. The customers have remained loyal to the company.
In the past few weeks, the restructuring team headed by Dr Dirk Andres from the law firm AndresPartner have been collaborating closely with the provisional creditors’ assembly and the provisional insolvency monitor. As a result, business operations have been stabilised, which means that the most important course has been set for the restructuring of the company. The job centre has also made a very constructive contribution to the process. Currently, the management and the restructuring team are discussing the main requirements of the restructuring programme with the major groups of creditors.