Australia: Boral, Australia's largest building materials supplier, has said that it will cut 1000 jobs from its global operations this fiscal year as part of a restructuring initiative intended to improve competitiveness. The changes are hoped to save US$95m annually with estimated savings of US$39m in 2013.
CEO and managing director Mike Kane described the company as 'burdened' with excessive overhead costs. "While this may be less obvious during the good times, it becomes critically exposed when times are tough," he said. The restructuring follows a 100 day review of the business which Kane conducted.
The majority of job losses are in Australia, where 885 positions will be axed. This includes the 90 roles Boral said that it would cut in December 2012 as it announced plans to suspend the production of clinker at its Waurn Ponds plant in eastern Australia. 15 jobs will be cut in the US.
In June 2012 the company reported having 14,740 employees, with around 8730 in Australia. A further reduction of 1420 employees will also take place due to Boral's previously announced divestment of assets in Asia and Australia.
Executive changes in Boral's cement division as part of the restructuring include the departure of Mike Beardsell, Divisional Managing Director, by the end of January 2013. He will be replaced by Ross Harper, who is currently in the role of Operations Manager, will increase his responsibilities to become Executive General Manager of the Cement division.