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European case goods manufacturer Hülsta has cut the number of planned redundancies at its German factories after restructuring talks.


The international furniture manufacturer last year announced plans to make around 270 people redundant as part of a reorganisation of its business to align it with contemporary market conditions. That would have represented almost one third of its 900-strong workforce.


However, the figure has been reduced to 170 following negotiations with parties including IG Metall, an influential German trade union.


Hülsta — which also restructured its sales management structure late last year — is planning to make its first appearance at major European trade fair IMM Cologne in almost 20 years later this month, in a year in which it celebrates its 75th anniversary.