- Specialty Ingredients (LSI) will operate independently, but remain a fully owned segment of Lonza Group
- The carve-out will enable LSI to grow and strengthen its leading role in microbial control
- A focus on efficiency will place around 130 roles under consultation for redundancy in the LSI segment and Group-level support functions
Swiss Lonza Group on June 3, 2019 announced its intention to proceed with a carve-out of its Specialty Ingredients segment (LSI). The decision will see the LSI business under independent management, with increased control over its operations and costs. The segment will remain fully owned by Lonza. The company has already commenced with the separation and expects to complete the process by mid-year 2020.
Lonza Group CEO Marc Funk commented, “This is an important moment for our business and the LSI segment. Our decision will allow the segment to focus on its strengths and drive future growth in a dynamic and competitive environment. More widely, it reflects our commitment to enabling the segment to become the leading global player in microbial control.”
Sven Abend, Executive Vice President and COO of the LSI segment, commented, “The carve-out represents a significant opportunity for LSI. It will enhance our performance levels by improving efficiency, creating synergies and delivering an improved customer value proposition. The carve-out will also deliver greater levels of transparency and control, which will give us the opportunity to shape our future and drive our success.”
To further improve business efficiency, Lonza has also announced plans to enter consultations to make around 130 roles redundant, of which around 50 roles will be in Switzerland and 35 will be in the United States. Lonza is working to minimize job losses by transferring impacted employees to vacant positions and offering early retirements where appropriate. This program is limited to the LSI segment and the support functions and does not impact the Pharma Biotech & Nutrition (LPBN) segment.