European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
United Kingdom, Germany
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Fabricated Metal Products, Except Machinery And Equipment
25 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
New offshoring locations
Czechia, Russian Federation

1,200 - 1,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 December 2003
Employment effect (start)
1 December 2003
Foreseen end date
1 December 2007


The Gillette Company announced a Europe wide restructuring plan affecting between 1,200 and 1,500 jobs. The measure includes the closures of a manufacturing center in Isleworth (U.K.) in 2007 and a packaging and distribution operation in Hemel Hempstead (U.K.) in 2005. Operations at the Isleworth and Hemel Hempstead units will be shifted to a new manufacturing, packaging and warehouse facility that will be built in Eastern Europe. The realignment plan includes the transfer of all Sensor production from Gillette's manufacturing center in Berlin to the new Eastern European facility. It also includes the transfer of stainless steel double-edge and some disposable razor manufacturing from its manufacturing center in Jevicko (Czech Republic) to Gillette's manufacturing center in St. Petersburg (Russia).


  • 11 December 2003: The Gillette Company - Press release
  • 12 December 2003: Les Echos


Eurofound (2003), The Gillette Company, Offshoring/Delocalisation in European Union, factsheet number 60154, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60154.