CNH Industrial, home to the Case Construction Equipment brand, is to transfer production of its grader product line from Berlin, Germany to Lecce, Italy.
Part of the on-going CNH Industrial Efficiency Program, the transfer concerns European manufacturing of graders, and wheeled machines for levelling ground.
The company’s Lecce construction machinery plant currently manufacturing backhoe loaders, wheeled loaders, compact wheeled loaders and telehandlers for the Case CE and New Holland Construction brands.
Lecce is CNH Industrial’s largest centre of excellence for construction equipment in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. Covering manufacturing, purchasing, product development and validation, and engineering departments, a CNH Industrial spokesperson said the site’s know how and proven competency make it the best location to further develop the company’s business.
The Berlin site has a current workforce of 89. Commercial and commercial support activities for the German, Austrian and Swiss construction equipment markets will continue. According to the CNH Industrial plan, product development and production activities currently based at the Berlin facility should cease on 31 March 2016.
In accordance with the provisions of applicable laws, the Company has begun the information and consultation process with both the European Works Council and the body representing the employees of CNH Industrial Baumaschinen in Berlin. Negotiations will also be conducted with the latter group.