Southern and Eastern; Dublin;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Paper And Paper Products
17 - Manufacture of paper and paper products

140 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
4 May 2007
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 August 2007


Paper and packaging giant Smurfit Kappa has announced the closure of its carton-manufacturing plant in Dublin with the loss of 140 jobs. The plant makes folding cartons for the healthcare and hi-tech industries. It has lost a number of important contracts recently, including deals with Procter & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard and Symantec. The company was finding it difficult to compete with lower-cost economies in central and eastern Europe. In a statement, Smurfit Kappa said it regretted the closure of the plant. 'The company has been affected by pressures currently being experienced in the Irish manufacturing sector,'. The company said it would 'immediately' enter negotiations with staff representatives to discuss redundancy terms. The factory employs 24 administrative staff and 116 production personnel. These are represented by the Amicus trade union. The plant is expected to close by the end of the summer. The site, which covers about two acres, is expected to be sold for redevelopment.


  • 5 May 2007: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2007), Smurfit Kappa, Closure in Ireland, factsheet number 65319, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65319.