WWRD Holdings Limited
|Public limited company|
|Industry||China, porcelain and glass manufacture|
WWRD Holdings Limited is a firm created in 2009 out of the remains of Waterford Wedgwood by KPS Capital Partners; it has been owned since 2015 by Finnish home products maker Fiskars. It owns Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood, and Royal Doulton. The name is an acronym for "Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton".
On 5 January 2009, following years of financial problems at the group level, and after a share placement failed during the global financial crisis of 2008, Waterford Wedgwood was placed into administration on a "going concern" basis, with 1800 employees remaining. On 27 February 2009, Waterford Wedgwood's receiver, Deloitte, announced that the New York-based private equity firm KPS Capital Partners had purchased "certain Irish and UK assets of Waterford Wedgwood and the assets of several of its Irish and UK subsidiaries" in a transaction expected to be completed in March.
In March 2009, KPS Capital Partners announced that it had acquired group assets in a range of countries, including the UK, USA and Indonesia, would invest €100 million, and move a number of jobs to Asia to cut costs and return the firm to profitability. In a move that had begun under the previous owners, some 1500 jobs were cut in the UK, leaving 800 workers in the UK producing only the high-end Wedgwood products. KPS Capital Partners placed Wedgwood into a group of companies known as WWRD, an acronym for "Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton".
In May 2015 Fiskars, a Finnish maker of home products, agreed to buy 100% of the holdings of WWRD on 11. On 2 July 2015, the acquisition of WWRD by Fiskars Corporation was completed, including the brands Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert and Rogaška. The acquisition was approved by the US antitrust authorities.
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