United Kingdom
North West; Merseyside; Liverpool
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Tobacco Products
Manufacture Of Tobacco Products
12 - Manufacture of tobacco products
New offshoring locations

140 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 July 2006
Employment effect (start)
31 July 2006
Foreseen end date
31 March 2007


Imperial Tobacco, the world's fourth largest cigarette-maker, has announced plans to shut its Liverpool and Lahr (Germany) plants with the loss of all 415 jobs. The UK company, which is headquartered in Bristol, said it was aiming to streamline its production in Europe. Imperial, which makes the UK's best selling cigarette brand - Lambert & Butler - said the closure of the Liverpool site with the loss of 140 jobs would be completed by March next year. It is also closing its factory in Lahr, Germany, with the loss of 275 jobs. Imperial said its operations in Liverpool, which packs its Golden Virginia hand-rolling tobacco, would be transferred to sister factories in Nottingham and Mullingar in the Republic of Ireland. It estimates that the closure of the Liverpool and Lahr plants will generate annual cost savings of 7 million GBP. Imperial is the UK's second largest tobacco company, behind British American Tobacco but ahead of Gallaher.


  • 31 July 2006: BBC Website


Eurofound (2006), Imperial Tobacco, Offshoring/Delocalisation in United Kingdom, factsheet number 64048, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64048.