Hessen; Gießen; Vogelsbergkreis
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Paper And Paper Products
17 - Manufacture of paper and paper products

180 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
31 May 2023
Employment effect (start)
31 May 2023
Foreseen end date


Glatfelter Corporation, a US based leading global supplier of engineered materials, has announced the closure of its plant in Ober-Schmitten, Germany, resulting in the loss of approximately 180 jobs. The reason for the closure is the continued underperformance of electrical and glassine specialty papers produced at the site. The measures are part of the company's turnaround strategy, which aims to improve the overall company's financial performance, the company announced. The economic committee and the works council of Ober-Schmitten have been informed about the closure and negotiations on a reconciliation of interests and social plan will start immediately, the company announced.

Astrid Rasner, trade union secretary of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IGBCE), wants to examine possibilities to save the site after all together with the works council and the economic committee.

As of 31 December 2022, the company employed approximately 3,250 employees worldwide at sixteen manufacturing sites in the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, France, Spain and the Philippines.



Eurofound (2023), Glatfelter , Closure in Germany, factsheet number 109271, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/109271.