UK bathroom manufacturers face closure

Published:  15 October, 2013

UK bathroom manufacturers Ours Sanitaryware and Impulse Bathrooms face potential closure following a decision by Hong Kong-based parent company HKR International.

The parent company announced its decision following a board meeting where it concluded that the UK businesses would "no longer be able to achieve the target sales volumes required in order to break even in a viable timescale", following a downturn in its core Australian market.

In a press statement, HKR International stressed that the businesses are not being placed in liquidation nor entered administration, and that production will continue in order to complete the businesses' existing orders in the short term.

The closures mean the potential loss of 192 jobs across both businesses, and the company said negotiations are continuing with external parties who have expressed an interest in acquiring the businesses, in the hopes that the businesses will not need to be closed.

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