Centre-Est; Rhône-Alpes; Loire
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
23 - Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products

103 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 July 2007
Employment effect (start)
1 August 2007
Foreseen end date
31 December 2007


Duralex International France, a French firm that manufactures glass, is to close its plant in Rive-de-Gier with the consequent loss of 103 jobs. The announcement was made on 30th July 2007 by the commercial court of Orleans, whom stated that it would accept the request of Duralex’s owner, Turkish firm Sinan Solmaz, to modify a plan for the continuation of the business that the parties agreed upon in December 2005. The modification of this plan will entail the closure of the Rive-de-Gier site and the dismissal of all 103 employees at the site. The plant is due to be closed between August and December 2007, and letters are to be sent to the firm’s employees from the start of August. The firm still employed 250 at the site in the autumn of 2005, yet has since experienced severe financial problems, which amongst other things has led to the non-payment of electricity bills. When the Rive-de-Gier site closes, Duralex will operate one remaining plant in France. This is in La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin in the Loiret, where 240 are employed and the firm’s head office is located.


  • 1 August 2007: L'Humanité
  • 30 July 2007: Les Echos
  • 31 July 2007: Ouest France
  • 31 July 2007: La Tribune


Eurofound (2007), Duralex, Closure in France, factsheet number 65656, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65656.