Ouest; Pays de la Loire; Loire-Atlantique
Location of affected unit(s)
Carquefou (Nantes)
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products
22.11 - Manufacture of rubber tyres and tubes; retreading and rebuilding of rubber tyres
New offshoring locations
Turkey, Poland

451 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 April 2008
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2009
Foreseen end date
31 March 2010


The Swedish equipment manufacturer, Trelleborg, announced on 28 April 2008 that it is to cut 311 jobs at its site in Carquefou (Loire-Atlantique). A further 140 temporary workers will be affected as their contracts will not be renewed. All in all, 451 workers will, thus, lose their jobs by the end of March 2010. The production of radiator hoses will be relocated to Turkey and Poland, and the plastic mixing activity to Clermont-Ferrand (Centre), Reims (Marne) and Czech Republic. The management has noted that Trelleborg is the last manufacturer of radiator hoses operating in France, all the competitors are in Eastern Europe, where the manpower is cheaper. Moreover, the management plans to reassess the agreement on working-time (covering the 35h week).



Eurofound (2008), Trelleborg, Offshoring/Delocalisation in France, factsheet number 66600, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66600.