April 02, 2018

After a comprehensive business review Herman Miller has decided to merge its furniture manufacturing operations in China, enabling the business to increase efficiency and serve customers better across the Asia Pacific region. This has resulted in the Ningbo factory ceasing production.

To recognise the hard work and commitment of our employees in Ningbo and their contribution to business over the last 12 years, the company has offered all 125 staff members the opportunity to take a new role in the Herman Miller factory in Dongguan. All employees were also offered enhanced severance compensation which is significantly above the amount stipulated by the Government.

“Colleagues in Ningbo have worked with dedication since we opened the factory in 2007, and everyone has been offered a role in our factory in Dongguan, as well as an enhanced severance package. ” said Richard Scott, Vice President International Operations.

He continued “We will always be grateful for the contributions of the team at Herman Miller Ningbo, and wish them the best in their future endeavours .”

Mr Scott concludes “All orders for the Asia Pacific region will now be fulfilled from the Dongguan factory, or other global manufacturing sites. We are working hard to minimise the impact of this change on our customers and to restore normal operations as soon as possible.”

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