The LEGO Group is to shut down the section of its factory in Denmark that decorates LEGO elements and packs them in boxes.
During the same period, the company will invest a triple-digit milllion-kroner figure in its Danish brick-moulding plant.
LEGO confirmed that by summer 2015, processing and packing will no longer take place in the Billund-based factory. The change is expected to affect 380 positions.
The decision to close the section is in line with the LEGO Group's long-term strategy of locating its packing facilities close to its core markets in order to reduce delivery times to customers.
More than 90 per cent of all LEGO bricks decorated or processed in Billund are currently shipped to other LEGO factories for inclusion in consumer sets.
"We expect to be able to offer employees an advisory service and assistance with training and job search," explained Carsten Rasmussen, SVP responsible for LEGO Group packing and processing facilities in Europe. "Our criteria for success are to offer our people the best options in a difficult situation. We have a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, and we shall be doing what we can to enable them to continue using their skills - either here at the LEGO Group or in other companies."
LEGO CEO Jorgen Vig Knudstorp added: "We regard Billund as a skills centre in the field of moulding technology. Over the next few years we will be making a triple-digit million-kroner investment in our moulding facility in Billund, which is one of the biggest injection moulding plants in Europe."
The firm said that it expects the number of employees in Billund over the coming years to remain unchanged - or even increase - despite the closure of packing and processing.
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