Waterford Wedgwood Indonesia Plant to Keep Running

JAKARTA ~ The Indonesian plant of troubled Irish crystal and pottery maker Waterford Wedgwood will keep running despite its parent struggling to stay afloat, the subsidiary’s director said on Tuesday.

The factory outside Jakarta will continue as the main global production site for ceramics under the Royal Doulton and Wedgwood brands, Narinder Paul Arora, Director of PT Doulton Multifortuna Director, said.

“We’re continuing as normal. As per the announcement yesterday (Monday), it’s purely the UK and the Irish companies that are in administration, but the Indonesia factory will produce as normal and will continue as normal,” he said.

Financial firm Deloitte was called in on Monday as administrator for the British and Irish operations of loss-making Waterford Wedgwood – which started as Waterford Crystal in 1783 – after it failed to secure a buyer.

The group that produces under the Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Rosenthal brands employs almost 6,000 people worldwide.

Its Indonesia factory was established in 1995 and employs 1,500 people. The factory has been at the centre of an ongoing effort to move manufacturing to Asia in order to compete with cheaper producers.

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