Invacare Corporation is transferring production of Küschall manual wheelchairs to France in a move designed to create a central manufacturing hub for its European customers.
The company currently builds Küschall chairs at its facility in Witterswil, Switzerland, but production will switch to Fondettes, France by the end of September.
The change will allow it to better optimise its wheelchair manufacturing facility in France, the firm said.
Invacare confirmed that the front office of the Swiss facility will remain open and continue to serve as Invacare’s European headquarters and R&D center of excellence, as well as the Swiss sales office.
“This transfer is another step forward in Phase Two of our transformation, which leverages our existing global infrastructure to reduce costs and further increase efficiencies,” explained Invacare chairman and CEO Matthew Monaghan.”
Invacare has also transferring localised wheelchair manufacturing production that was done in Sweden to France as well.
“We are creating a leading European wheelchair manufacturing facility that is centrally located to our European customers,” continued Monaghan. “We will maintain the high-quality product standards and great service that our customers have come to expect from us,” said Matthew Monaghan, chairman, president and chief executive officer.”
Invacare said that it has completed its consultations with Küschall employees and will proceed with activities to transfer wheelchair production to France.
The transfer is expected to generate an incremental $1.7m (£1.2m) in annualised pre-tax savings in the New York-listed firm’s Europe business segment.
Due to this realignment, the company expects to incur restructuring charges and related operating costs of approximately $1.1m (£783,000) on a pre-tax basis in the Europe business segment.