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Wienerberger to rebuild production structure

Hungary?s largest construction material company Wienerberger Brick Industries Rt is restructuring production to adjust to drastically reduced demand that came about as a result of housing subsidy cuts in late 2003, the company said. As part of the restructuring efforts, the company has bought a brick factory in Mohács, southern Hungary, from Baranya-Tégla Kft. The plant is equipped with technology that will allow Wienerberger to manufacture special types of products to complement its existing range. Simultaneously, another Wienerberger brick factory in Táskánd, southwestern Hungary, will be shut down due to its inconvenient location and uneconomical production system. The company will offer an assistance plan for the employees of the plant. Present in Hungary for 15 years, Wienerberger has carried out substantial investments in the recent years of market growth to boost capacity at nearly all of its plants, with its most recent investment realized at the brick factory of Kisbér, northwestern Hungary. The company is currently in the process of building a state-of-the-art brick factory in Tiszavasvári, northeastern Hungary, which is going to supply high quality Porotherm building blocks to neighboring countries as well as the eastern region of the country.