A total of 120 jobs will go as production is phased out at the company’s Basingstoke factory. Urbis will then source the products from its Belgium-based parent Schreder.
‘We are genuinely sorry for our employees affected by this move and the fact that this will be the end of high volume UK manufacturing for us, but it is a change we need to make to react to market forces’, Urbis managing director Ian Pratt told the press.
‘We will ensure that the manufacturing change is totally seamless for our customers by operating parallel production facilities in the UK and overseas. To maintain customer service levels, we will hold finished stock in the UK and make deliveries direct from our Basingstoke warehouse’.
The company said the lighting market was quickly moving towards LED luminaires for all forms of public lighting, with a switch away from conventional lamps and luminaires. In addition the reduced budgets of local authorities has put even more emphasis on reducing energy costs and finding low cost alternatives for new capital works and upgrades.
The moves announced today would provide the economies of scale which are needed to drive down the costs of the technology and remain competitive.
The company will retain the ability in the UK to manufacture its decorative product range, develop prototypes and carry out special production runs. The technical, sales, marketing, customer services, finance, supply chain and logistic operations and an enlarged product development function will remain based in Basingstoke.