Internal restructuring
Centre-Est; Rhône-Alpes; Isère
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20.16 - Manufacture of plastics in primary forms

123 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 June 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2020


The Cerdia group - one of the main producers of cellulose acetate, the raw material for cigarette filters - has announced the loss of 123 jobs at its Roussillon (Isère) plant.

The group justified the internal restructuring with the significant production overcapacity in the industry as a whole and in Cerdia's plants due, in particular, to the structural decline of the global cigarettes market. The plant's second activity, dedicated to the production of nitric acid and Raney nickel - an alloy used in catalysis - and which employs 32 people, will be maintained.

According to the company, the priority at this stage is to promote social dialogue in order to individuate, in consultation with the employees' representatives, the best possible support solutions for Roussillon employees. Reference is made to proposals for mobility and repositioning within the group, training programmes, aid for external redeployment and businesses creation. The management intends, moreover, to try to identify an alternative industrial use of the site.

Cerdia is one of the global filter tow companies basically focused to serve the cigarette industry, and it recorded, in 2019, a turnover of €431.8 million, with a global workforce of 1,200 employees.



Eurofound (2020), Cerdia France, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 101404, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101404.