Ouest; Pays de la Loire; Maine-et-Loire
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Material For Textiles, Apparel, Leather And Related Products
Manufacture Of Leather And Related Products
15 - Manufacture of leather and related products

500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 April 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The Groupe Pindière SA, second French shoe manufacturer, is based in Maine-et-Loire and consists of 4 companies: Pindière SAS with 430 employees, Samson with 198, Inova with 28 and Barbault with 77. Two of the companies, i.e. Pindière SA and Barbault, have filed for bankruptcy, threatening some 500 jobs. On 28 April 2004, the tribunal of Angers has given six months for the companies to find a takeover bid. On 4 October 2004, one takeover bid was considered for Pindière SAS, from Jean-Louis Chupin. The manager proposes to save 105 jobs out of the 430 employed on the site of Villedieu-la-Boulère. 75% of the production would be relocated in the middle-east, India and the far-east.


  • 4 October 2004: Les Echos
  • 28 April 2004: La Tribune
  • 29 April 2004: La Tribune


Eurofound (2004), Pindière, Bankruptcy in France, factsheet number 60433, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60433.