Southern and Eastern; South-West (IRL);
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27 - Manufacture of electrical equipment
New offshoring locations

240 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 January 2007
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2008


French-owned company, FCI Ireland has announced it is to close its plant in the Cork town of Fermoy with the loss of 240 jobs. The plant makes precision electrical connectors for the car industry. The decision to close the Fermoy operation is part of a global restructuring by FCI, which employs 13,500 people in 30 countries. A company spokesman said the company was losing market share in the automotive supply sector and had decided to consolidate its production in fewer locations. It had also been forced into locating production in lower-cost countries to keep pace with its main competitors. Most of the work done at the Fermoy plant is to be transferred to a factory under construction at Cochin, in southwest India, where labour costs were just 15% of what they were in Ireland. Technical staff from the Indian plant had come to Fermoy to be trained for the new operation in Cochin. FCI Ireland will maintain a service and support centre in Fermoy employing 15-20 people.


  • 24 January 2007: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2007), FCI, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Ireland, factsheet number 64860, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64860.