Location of affected unit(s)
Damparis, Reims
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
23.42 - Manufacture of ceramic sanitary fixtures

180 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 September 2020
Employment effect (start)
3 September 2020
Foreseen end date
28 February 2021


The American group Köhler has announced that it is going to sell and close Jacob Delafon's historic ceramic sanitary ware factory at Damparis (Jura) and to close its factory in Reims (Marne) specialising in taps and showers. About twenty years ago, 800 people worked on the Reims site, but now there are only 29. In 1999, a major redundancy plan resulted in the loss of more than a third of the workforce. A staff representative explains that the Kohler group will keep the Jacob Delafon brand. It is already produced far away from the Jura, in Morocco and China.  The Damparis premises are old and located 200 metres from a Solvay factory classified as a Seveso 2 risk and unlikely to attract buyers. 

A previous restructuring was recorded on the ERM Database, with 185 job cuts in 2010, at Brive (Corrèze, and other locations).



Eurofound (2020), Jacob Delafon, Closure in France, factsheet number 101647, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101647.