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Zumtobel forced to put Space Cannon into liquidation

7 October 2010 16.00 BST


(Italy) - Frustrated Zumtobel Group blames product deficiencies for tough decision.

The Zumtobel Group has put Space Cannon VH SRL, a specialist in façade and event lighting, forward for liquidation. The workforce was informed of the decision at a staff meeting today and operations will be discontinued. The measure affects 47 employees.

Space Cannon, based in Fubine (Piedmont), Italy, was founded in 1988 by Bruno Baiardi who died suddenly in August 2007. In the spring of 2008 Space Cannon was acquired by the Zumtobel Group. At this point, Space Cannon reported annual sales of around EUR 7 million.

The main reason for the company's loss-making position is stated as “the failure of the acquired product portfolio to comply with international norms and standards – a state of affairs not known to the Zumtobel Group at the time of the acquisition”. This is believed to relate to the products not being CE compliant. After discovering the substantial product deficiencies in the spring of 2010, the owners decided to apply for liquidation due to frustration of contract.

"While we regret this step, particularly in view of the highly motivated workforce at Space Cannon, we have no alternative. Given the substantial negative legacy of Space Cannon, we were forced to admit that the company is no longer viable. We have therefore decided to make no further funds available to Space Cannon," explained Zumtobel Group CEO Harald Sommerer.

www.zumtobel.com

 

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