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SCC UK Faces Financial and Legal Troubles Amid Relocation to Poland.
SCC, a leading manufacturer of remanufactured printer cartridges, is facing a series of challenges as it relocates its UK operations to Poland. The company, which is owned by Chinese giant Ninestar, has been accused of violating labor laws, losing its auditors, and failing to file its accounts for the last two years.
SCC has been sued by a former employee in the US, who claims that the company forced him to work overtime without pay and subjected him to racial discrimination. The lawsuit, filed in February 2023, alleges that SCC violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Civil Rights Act, and seeks unspecified damages and injunctive relief.
The lawsuit also implicates Ninestar, which acquired SCC in 2016, as a joint employer and a co-defendant. Ninestar, which is the world’s largest producer of aftermarket printer consumables, has been accused of similar labour violations in China, where it operates several factories.
Auditor resignation (Uk accountant)
SCC has also lost its auditors, Grant Thornton UK LLP, who resigned in March 2023, citing “material uncertainty” over the company’s ability to continue as a going concern. Grant Thornton stated that they were unable to obtain sufficient audit evidence to support SCC’s financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2021, due to the company’s relocation to Poland and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Grant Thornton also expressed concern over SCC’s compliance with the Companies Act 2006, which requires companies to file their accounts with the Companies House within nine months of their accounting period end. SCC has not filed its accounts for the years ended 31 December 2019 and 2020 and could face fines and penalties for the delay.
SCC’s relocation to Poland also entails the cost of returning its leased premises in the UK to the landlords, as per the tenancy agreement. This cost, known as dilapidations, can be substantial, depending on the size, age, and condition of the property.
According to industry sources, SCC’s main UK facility, located in Reading, Berkshire (SCC Europe Limited. Unit 30, Worton Drive Reading, Berkshire RG2 0TG United Kingdom) covers an area of 120,000 sq ft and was built in 2008. The cost of dilapidations for this property could be well above £200,000, based on the experience of other companies in the sector.
SCC has claimed that its UK customers will not be affected by the move to Poland, and that it will continue to provide the same level of service and quality. The company has stated that it has warehousing facilities in other locations in the UK, and that it will use them to fulfil the orders from its UK clients.
However, some customers have expressed doubts over the reliability and sustainability of SCC’s operations, especially in light of the legal and financial troubles that the company is facing. Some customers have also speculated that the departure of SCC’s UK director, who resigned in January 2023, was related to the company’s problems.
SCC’s decision to relocate its UK operations to Poland may have been driven by the need to cut costs and increase efficiency, but it has also exposed the company to a host of risks and challenges. The company’s reputation, credibility, and viability are under threat, as it faces lawsuits, audits, fines, and customer dissatisfaction. SCC will need to address these issues swiftly and effectively if it wants to survive and thrive in the competitive and dynamic market of remanufactured printer cartridges.
AuthorJanuary 30, 2024 at 4:55 PM
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