EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Reckitt Benckiser

Reckitt Benckiser

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Nottingham; Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire; East Midlands
Location of affected unit(s): Nottingham


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical products
21 - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 24-08-2006
Planned Job Reductions min: 160
Planned Job Reductions max: 160
Type of Restructuring: Bankruptcy/Closure
Employment Effect Start: 01-10-2006
Foreseen End Date: 30-06-2007

Additional Information

Healthcare firm Reckitt Benckiser is laying off 160 workers in Nottingham as part of a streamlining of its production lines. The firm bought the Boots Healthcare International business in October 2005. Two of the three production lines making Nurofen and Optrex will merge into one, managers said. Unions and employees are being consulted about early retirement and voluntary redundancies, a Reckitt Benckiser spokesman said. The firm has already invested £2m in its Nottingham site with another £2.7m investment in production facilities and equipment planned. The changes will be phased in between October 2006 and June 2007.