Internal restructuring
Norge; Vestlandet; Hordaland
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Fabricated Metal Products, Except Machinery And Equipment
25.5 - Forging, pressing, stamping and roll-forming of metal; powder metallurgy

260 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
18 April 2008
Employment effect (start)
1 July 2008
Foreseen end date


Corus Packaging Plus (CPP), a supplier of light gauge steel for packaging and non-packaging applications, announced the closure of its factory at Bergen with the loss of 260 jobs. The job losses are attributed to the difficult market situation for packaging steels.

On 18 April the Board of the Norwegian subsidiary decided to close the Norwegian factory which has lost approximately NOK 150 million in 2006 and 2007. More recently, the group announced it would cut capacity on tinplate production lines by 150,000 tonnes before the end of the year.

The management announced to the media that the company now will discuss alternative solutions with the union, among others if there are options for alternative production at the plant. The employees will also be offered severance pay and early retirement pension.

According to the unions there have been continuing discussions over the last years on improving productivity, and they have been told that the Norwegian factory has been a pioneer within the group. The possibility of a closure was not put forward until the day before the Board meeting, and the unions accused the management of having hidden their real agenda for months. The final decision will be taken at the Board meeting scheduled for 20 May.


  • 25 April 2008: Magasinet for fagorganiserte
  • 18 April 2008: Bergens Tidende
  • 18 April 2008: LO-Aktuelt


Eurofound (2008), Corus Packaging Plus Norway, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 66558, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66558.