Sud-Ouest; Midi-Pyrénées; Hautes-Pyrénées
Location of affected unit(s)
Tarbes (Hautes Pyrénées)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles

112 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 September 2006
Employment effect (start)
12 September 2006
Foreseen end date
29 December 2006


The Spanish equipment supplier Dalphimetal, specialised in pyrotechnical components for vehicles, announced on 11 September 2006 that its factory Spria in Tarbes will be closed before the end of 2006. The city officials are angry and oppose to this decision because when the company was created in 2000 it received public subsidies and exemptions of taxes, which it still did in 2006. The trade unions do not understand this decision because the factory, which employs 112 people, has orders until December 2008. In France, Dalphimetal has another factory, which is specialised in airbags and located in Cernay (Haut Rhin). According to trade unions, the second factory, employing 191 people,is also in danger of being closed down.


  • 11 September 2006: Sud Ouest
  • 8 September 2006: Agence France Presse
  • 12 September 2006: Sud Ouest
  • 12 September 2006: Les Echos


Eurofound (2006), Spria Tarbes, Closure in France, factsheet number 64040, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64040.