Kent

Job losses at Folkestone dental product firm

Up to 45 jobs could be lost as part of plans to introduce new multimillion-pound technology at a Kent plant that manufactures dental and cosmetic items.

Church and Dwight UK said it was going to invest £2.1m in new production facilities at its Folkestone base.

The firm, which owns the Arm & Hammer and Pearl Drops brands, said the changes would increase productivity.

The Job losses will affect "temporary contract workers and a few permanent and ancillary workers", it added.

'Extensive review'

About 380 staff are currently employed at two sites, offices and a factory, in the town.

The firm plans to introduce the new technology from December 2011.

Managing Director of Church and Dwight UK, Andy Routley, said: "This investment follows an extensive review of our existing capabilities and what we need to do in order to succeed in a competitive global market for our products.

"The announcement also represents a significant commitment to the growth of our UK business and to our Folkestone operation.

"Our UK Company based in Folkestone currently employees 380 staff primarily across two sites, the offices and a factory with small satellite warehousing also in the town."

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