Internal restructuring
Este; Cataluña; Barcelona
Location of affected unit(s)
Mollet del Vallès/Barcelona
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Basic Pharmaceutical Products And Pharmaceutical Preparations
21 - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations

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


Merck, a German multi-national group that operates in the pharmaceutical sector, has announced that it is to cut 133 jobs at its sites in Mollet del Vallès and Barcelona. 600 are employed at the Mollet del Vallès plant, and 100 job losses will be implemented at the plant between January 2008 and the end of 2008. The job losses will affect the logistics, quality control, engineering and procurement departments at the site. Management at the plant have stated that the job cuts are vital to the future survival of the plant. Merck’s site in Barcelona is also to close with the loss of 33 jobs. The job losses will be implemented by the end of January 2008, and the work will be ‘offshored’ to a Merck site in Darmstadt in Germany.


  • 15 December 2007: Cinco Días
  • 13 December 2007: Cinco Días
  • 15 December 2007: El País


Eurofound (2007), Merck Serono, Internal restructuring in Spain, factsheet number 66121, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66121.