Electrolux To Close Singapore Regional Office

Swedish home appliances maker Electrolux is closing its Singapore regional office at Rochester Road and laying off employees. 

The company said on Friday (Feb 2) that its Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Middle East and Africa (MEA) commercial leadership team will also relocate to Bangkok.

“With a newly established commercial set-up for APAC and MEA, Australia and Thailand are becoming key hubs for Electrolux Group in the region,” said Ms Samar Refai, Electrolux’s communications director for the two regions in response to a CNA query. 

“Having the regional capabilities and competencies within these hubs ensures proximity to our customers, consumers, manufacturing sites, R&D and innovation centres.”

She did not comment on how many employees in Singapore would be laid off. 

“Those who are impacted are offered the maximum level of support during the upcoming transition period and are treated with utmost respect,” Ms Refai said, adding that no further details would be provided on the nature of collective agreements with affected employees.

The move will not affect the Singapore sales office in Braddell.

“The decision has no impact, whatsoever, on the operational business and trade relations in any of Electrolux Group’s markets in APAC and MEA,” the spokesperson added.

The Singapore Manual and Mercantile Workers’ Union said it is prepared to guide and support any employees retrenched by Electrolux.

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