Fujifilm will stop with the production of offset plates and certain research activities in Tilburg. It is expected to have a forced outflow for approximately 180 employees.
President Albert van Maren explained: "Today we informed our staff of the far-reaching decisions and the extent of the reorganization. We are of course doing our utmost to redeploy as many employees internally as possible or guide them from job to job."
Closure of offset plate factory
The offset plate plant will close late 2023. Global demand for offset plates is declining and raw material prices are high. As a result, Fujifilm has reviewed the strategy for its global plate facilities with a focus on what needs to be done to continue to serve and support its customers worldwide. Factories in China and Japan will take over offset plate production from the Tilburg plant.
Fujifilm has evaluated all R&D projects worldwide for feasibility. The research activities currently taking place in Tilburg will be partly stopped, and partly taken over by the European headquarters from April 2023. Product development of products manufactured in Tilburg will be retained in Tilburg.
Fujifilm is in transition and is constantly adapting to changing circumstances. At the moment, this means downsizing the company in Tilburg. Its expertise in manufacturing, good location and focus on sustainability, gives the company opportunities to expand again in the near future. At the end of 2021, Fujifilm opened a new factory for cell culture media at its Tilburg site. This factory is expected to expand further in the future. Initial plans for this are already being made.
In Tilburg, FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V. also produces photographic paper, membranes for gas and water purification and cell culture media for that biopharmaceutical industry.