Internal restructuring
Southern and Eastern; Mid-West;
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 - Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products

75 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 August 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 August 2007


Shannon-based industrial diamond manufacturing company Element Six Ltd has announced 75 job losses as part of a restructuring programme. The job losses constitute more than 13 per cent of its total workforce of 564. Two-thirds of the redundancies will be support staff, and the remaining will come from production operations. "This reduction in group costs is necessary as the industrial diamond business is highly- competitive, with increased competition from lower-cost economies, in particular from the Far East," said a company statement. "These redundancies will be open to all staff subject to the needs of the business. The company hopes and expects that the redundancies will be achieved voluntarily." The company said the redundancy package would be six weeks' pay for each year of service together with statutory redundancy, subject to a ceiling of 2.5 years' salary. Element Six, formerly DeBeers, supplies high-quality industrial diamond and the complementary cubic boron nitride abrasive materials.


  • 20 August 2006: The Irish Independent
  • 20 August 2006: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2006), Element Six, Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 63940, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63940.