Continente; Norte; Grande Porto
Location of affected unit(s)
Vila Nova de Gaia
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
7 April 2008
Employment effect (start)
30 April 2008
Foreseen end date
30 April 2008


Yazaki Saltano, a Japanese multinational that produces vehicle cables and, has two units and one technical center in Portugal, employing 2235 workers, announced the closure of the Vila Nova de Gaia factory. The decision is justified by the end of production of car components in a global contex of pressure for costs reduction.

Yazaki Saltano managed to place 60 workers from the Vila Nova de Gaia factory in two new units of the internal business but did not find any valid alternatives for the remaining 400 workers.

The Logistics Direction , Financial, Human Resources, Systems & Information Technologies and the PTC will remain in Gaia.

The company has an agreement with IEFP - Institute for Employment and Vo cational Training (Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional, IAPMEI - Instituto de Apoio às Pequenas e Médias Empresas e à Inovação (Institute of Support to Small and Medium Companies and innovation) and Instituto de Segurança Social (Social Security Institute) to create a 'support plan' for its workers in order to help them find a new job or create their own enterprise.

The Industry and energy national trade union (SIDEL) is studying, in partnership with the company, measures that will minimize the impact on the workers affected by the dismissal process. Yazaki Saltano already announced that it will offer severance terms beyond those required by the law.


  • 4 April 2008: Diário Económico


Eurofound (2008), Yazaki Saltano, Closure in Portugal, factsheet number 66541, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66541.