United Kingdom
South East; Hampshire and Isle of Wight;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Basic Pharmaceutical Products And Pharmaceutical Preparations
21 - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations

555 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
27 December 2006
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2007
Foreseen end date
31 December 2007


The pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has confirmed it will close its Hampshire manufacturing plant.

In June, Eli Lilly said it planned to close the factory unless an alternative drugs firm could take over the Basingstoke site and its 555 employees.

No buyer was found and manufacturing will stop at the end of 2007.

Company directors have said the cuts have been made due to "over capacity" and they hope to relocate some employees to other UK sites.

The company had carried out employee consultation on the closure and has said about 100 employees will be eligible for retirement.

US-based Eli Lilly manufactures medicines including Prozac, a treatment for clinical depression and Cialis, a treatment for erectile dysfunction.


  • 27 December 2006: BBC Website


Eurofound (2006), Eli Lilly, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 64678, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64678.