Irish Cement Ltd, Platin, has confirmed it will continue to carry out kiln stops throughout the winter months.
The temporary stops will last for periods of four to six weeks and staff will be required to take any remaining holidays and periods of temporary layoffs will also be required.
A spokesman for the company said that management had met with its staff in both its Limerick and Platin works recently to confirm that the temporary kiln stops introduced earlier this year will continue to be a feature of operations in the current economic climate.
’Other activities on site such as cement milling, sales and dispatch operate independently of the kilns and will continue at both plants as normal,’ said the spokesman.
’The supply of cement to customers will not be impacted.’ The temporary kiln stops will last for periods of four to six weeks in order to allow for cement stocks at the plant to be rotated, before the kiln recommences production.
’Maintenance of the facilities will take place during the kiln stops, staff will be required to take any remaining holidays and periods of temporary layoffs will also be required,’ the statement continues.
’Market demand and production planning is under continuous review.’