WESTCHESTER, ILL. — Ingredion Inc. has announced plans to consolidate its manufacturing network in Brazil. Plants in Trombudo Central and Conchal will be closed and production will be moved to plants in Balsa Nova and Mogi Guaçu, respectively, the company said.
Ingredion said the consolidation will begin early in 2016 and should be complete by the end of the year. It is expected to result in annual cost savings of $6 million to $8 million beginning in 2017. Total pre-tax restructuring-related charges of $13 million to $16 million are expected in the third quarter of 2015.
“We continuously evaluate our manufacturing network for improvement opportunities,” said Ricardo Souza, president of Ingredion South America. “Consolidating production into Balsa Nova and Mogi Guaçu is part of our overall restructuring program in our Brazilian operations to reduce costs in our network.”
Jack Fortnum, chief financial officer of Ingredion, added, “The slowing economy recently has impacted volumes in Brazil. However, our continuous improvement programs continue to drive good operational efficiencies. We will remain vigilant in our efforts to maximize productivity and enhance shareholder value.”In addition to Balsa Nova and Mogi Guaçu, Ingredion said it will continue to operate facilities in Cabo de Santo Agostinho and São Gonçalo, Brazil.