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Porcelain maker cuts more staff

Venerable Norwegian porcelain maker Porsgrunds Porselensfabrik has laid off a quarter of its staff. Management cited a shortage of orders and a large unsold inventory.

Venerable Norwegian porcelain maker Porsgrunds Porselensfabrik has laid off a quarter of its staff. Management cited a shortage of orders and a large unsold inventory.

"We have pure and simple too many employees right now," said administration boss Eigil Ramstad.

It remained unclear how long the 50 workers would be laid off. Ramstad said they'd be brought back as soon as the order situation improves.

Last year, 65 workers lost their jobs when parts of Porsgrunds' production were moved overseas. The company, now with 150 workers, is trying to avoid more permanent staff cuts during this round of layoffs.

Porsgrunds has produced dishes and souvenir items in Norway since 1885 and is owned by businessman Atle Brynestad, who also owns Hadeland Glassworks. The two Norwegian firms now share several retail sites.

Workers at Porsgrunds have been critical of Brynestad, fearing that he plans to slash production in Norway and find more economies of scale through his Christiania Glassworks holding company.

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