Today Johnston Sweepers operates three different manufacturing sites in UK. Truck mounted sweepers are manufactured in Dorking, compact sweepers in Sittingbourne and the site in Ash Vale is specialised in welding of bodies for truck mounted sweepers. This structure, which was built up historically, requires complex logistics, whilst the use of synergies and economies of scale are limited. To maintain and improve on past good performance in the UK, Bucher Municipal is proposing a project that would combine all three manufacturing sites into one by transferring all activities of Sittingbourne and Ash Vale to Dorking. As this proposal entails the closure of the Sittingbourne and Ash Vale sites, it is to be the subject of consultation with elected employee representatives prior to a decision on its adoption being taken. If the proposal is adopted, it is intended that all of around 100 permanent employees of Sittingbourne and Ash Vale will be offered jobs at the new manufacturing facility in Dorking.

The proposed project envisages a GBP 11 million investment in 2012 and 2013, which consists of the construction of a new building in Dorking as well as investment in new production equipment and technologies. The proposed extension provides an excellent opportunity to optimise the structural layout of the Dorking plant and to incorporate new paint, welding, fitting and storage facilities. The goal is to create a highly modern sweeper manufacturing location with significantly improved efficiency that will enhance the competitiveness of Johnston Sweepers in the UK.

Bucher Municipal is a world leader in municipal vehicles for cleaning roads and frequented areas. Its range of products encompasses compact and truck mounted sweepers, winter maintenance equipment and refuse collection vehicles. Production facilities are located in Switzerland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Latvia, Australia and South Korea. In 2011 the division employing some 1 530 people generated sales of CHF 380 million.

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Bucher Industries is a global technology group with leading market positions in speciality areas of mechanical and vehicle engineering. The company's operations include specialised agricultural machinery, municipal vehicles, hydraulic components, manufacturing equipment for the glass container industry and for production of wine, fruit juice and instant products. The group's shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: BUCN).