Internal restructuring
Dunantul; Nyugat-Dunantul; Zala
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
23.31 - Manufacture of ceramic tiles and flags

166 - 186 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 May 2023
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2023
Foreseen end date


Zalakerámia, the Hungarian subsidiary of Austria-based building material manufacturer Lasselsberger, will end production in its Tófej plant and lay off 80-90% of the personnel of the plant. The remaining workforce will suffice to sell the remaining output stock.The Zalakerámia plants have been heavily hit by the steep rise in energy prices since 2021. In the second half of 2022, the Tófej plant already halted production for a couple of months. This was compounded by a government decree in February 2023 that imposed a so-called additional mining tax on Zalakerámia.

According to analysts, this policy step aimed to prompt the Austrian owner to sell the firm to Hungarian investors. The drastic layoff, however, suggests that the management decides upon ending the operation of the plant instead. Officially the union representatives have been only informed about "a restructuring of production" so far. The government says it will draw up an action plan to handle the consequences of the lay-off, adding that there are plenty of vacancies in Zala County.



Eurofound (2023), Zalakerámia, Internal restructuring in Hungary, factsheet number 109155, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/109155.