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Solvay’s Transformation Plan to Serve Customers & Enhance Long-term Growth

Published on 2018-04-04. Author : SpecialChem

Solvay's Transformation Plan to Simplify Organization
Solvay's Transformation Plan to Simplify Organization
Solvay has taken a new step in its transformation by putting its customers at the core of its organization to enhance its long-term growth as an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company.

Solvay has announced plans to simplify its organization that needs to be adapted to its portfolio which is now strongly focused on high-performance materials and tailored solutions, as well as to its changing customer base.

Solvay's Reorganization Project

More specifically, the project would result in:

  • A more agile organization to support customer needs

  • Solvay will simplify processes and tasks to focus teams on customers, allowing them to faster anticipate and better respond to their demands. Solvay will keep its decentralized model whereby its Global Business Units are responsible for developing their own strategic plans and implement them with the support of the Group.

  • Stronger Research & Innovation capabilities in Lyon and an expanded R&I scope in Brussels

  • In France, Solvay plans to upgrade its largest global research site in Lyon to a center for advanced chemistry mid the region’s dynamic innovation ecosystem. In Belgium, the expansion of R&I in advanced materials science would coincide with plans to revamp the Brussels headquarters, fostering collaboration among employees and with partners.

  • Relocation from Aubervilliers and Paris to Lyon and Brussels

  • As a consequence, Solvay plans to relocate its Aubervilliers and nearly all of its Paris activities to Lyon and to a lesser extent to Brussels, concentrating R&I into these centers.

The Group today launched the relevant information/consultation procedures with employee representatives. These procedures should be completed at the end of June. The Group is committed to supporting employees throughout this transformation while limiting job losses as much as possible.

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay, said:

This new step in Solvay’s transformation centers on better serving our customers. Over the past six years we built a business portfolio to generate superior and sustainable growth. Now we need to follow through and drastically simplify our organization and processes as well as align all our resources. This will allow Solvay to provide differentiated experiences for customers and maximize value for the Group.

Simplification of the Organization

The simplification of the organization should lead to about 600 net redundancies, mainly in functional activities, including 160 in France, 90 in Portugal and 80 in Brazil. Natural turnover, voluntary leave and internal repositioning will help mitigate these impacts.

The concentration of the R&I and support activities would involve the transfer to Lyon and Brussels, over four years, of about 500 employees who can rely on comprehensive
support from the Group to help them relocate.

An indication of the consequences on Solvay’s financial performance over the next three years will be provided with first quarter earnings.

Source: Solvay
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