Youngsville, North Carolina, USA 09 January 2014 -- (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, today announced that it has initiated consultation proceedings with the works council at its rolls facility in Heidenheim, Germany. Production after a closure would be transferred to the Company's remaining rolls facilities in Europe where there is sufficient capacity to handle Heidenheim's order volume. Due to the nature of the proceedings with the local works council, the Company is not able to provide an estimate of the anticipated restructuring expenses at this time, but does expect permanent annualized cost savings of $2.1 million from this action.
"We are continuing our multi-year program to strengthen our competitiveness globally. It requires difficult decisions that affect great people but these are very necessary actions given the economic realities of the markets we serve. We have firm plans to save as many jobs as possible under these circumstances," said Harold Bevis, Xerium's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe these actions will increase our competitiveness in Europe, without sacrificing quality or our position in the market."
Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM) is a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services. Xerium utilizes a broad portfolio of patented and proprietary technologies to provide customers with tailored solutions and products integral to production, all designed to optimize performance and reduce operational costs. Xerium has 28 manufacturing facilities in 12 countries around the world and employs approximately 3,200 employees.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements", including those regarding the proposed facility closure, the anticipated timing of this action and the anticipated savings. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause the proposed closure, the anticipated timing of this closures and actual results to differ materially from those indicated. These risks and uncertainties include the following items: (1) prolonged negotiations with the works council and/or changes in German employment law may materially increase the difficulty and/or costs of these workforce reductions and the closing of the facility; and (2) the other risks and uncertainties discussed elsewhere in this press release, our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 filed on March 11, 2013 and our other SEC filings. If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from what we projected. Any forward-looking statement in this press release reflects our current views with respect to future events. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. As discussed above, we are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties related to current economic conditions, and we encourage investors to refer to our SEC filings for additional information. Copies of these filings are available from the SEC and in the investor relations section of our website at www.xerium.com