Este; Cataluña; Barcelona
Location of affected unit(s)
Sant Vicenç dels Horts
Manufacture, Printing And Reproduction Of Recorded Media
Printing And Reproduction Of Recorded Media
18 - Printing and reproduction of recorded media

697 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 March 2004
Employment effect (start)
1 March 2004
Foreseen end date
1 March 2004


Printer has lost 4.5 million euros in the last three years. Instead of the closure of the factory, Printer proposed a salary reduction of around 18%, the direct dismissal of 46 employees which still remained pending from last year´s Job Reduction Plan accepted by the regional authorities, and the hiring of new labour with 45 % less income. This measures would help the company to save up to 6,2 million euros and therefore continue activity. The unions did not accept but the offer is still pending until 23 March 2004. Finally, Bertelsmann AG announced the closure its subsidiary Printer plant after not reaching an agreement with Labour representatives. The Regional Catalonian Councelor for Industry and Labour, Josep María Rañé, said the company´s announcement did not necessarily mean the closure would happen and that the Job Reduction Plan should be duly justified.


  • 1 April 2004: El País
  • 16 March 2004: El País


Eurofound (2004), Printer, Closure in Spain, factsheet number 59365, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59365.