Continente; Norte; Grande Porto
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles
New offshoring locations
Slovakia, Turkey

533 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
18 January 2007
Employment effect (start)
31 December 2007
Foreseen end date


Yazaki Saltano, a Japanese multinational that produces vehicle cables, has three units in Portugal, employing 2,788 workers. On 18 January 2007, Yazaki Saltano announced the closure of the Ovar factory, which employs 533 people. The decision is justified by the transfer of the production to Slovakia and Turkey. The company has approved a 'support plan' for its workers in order to help them find a new job or create their own enterprise. Additionally, the company has an agreement with IEFP - The Employment and Vocational Training Institute (Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional) in Aveiro, by which technical staff will be available to support the workers when they register in the employment centre. They will also be provided with vocational training courses and advice on job interviews. Yazaki Saltano will offer a compensation package of 1.75 wages per year of service, plus 2 wages and an additional bonus corresponding to 2 other months. In the meantime, Yazaki Saltano is to set up a European prototype centre which will create 150 jobs and where some of the affected employees in Ovar may be offered a transfer. The location of this centre is still unknown.


  • 17 January 2007: Jornal de Notícias
  • 8 January 2007: Público
  • 18 January 2007: Público


Eurofound (2007), Yazaki Saltano, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Portugal, factsheet number 64807, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64807.