Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Tuve and Umeå
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

980 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 October 2008
Employment effect (start)
1 April 2009
Foreseen end date
1 October 2009


Volvo Trucks, a division of Volvo Truck Corporation, announced at the end of September 2008 the loss of 980 jobs at its Swedish plants. 820 jobs will be lost in Sweden, in Gothenburg from a manufacturing workforce of 2,100 and 560 at the Umeå plant. Another 400 temporary jobs will be sut in Ghent (Belgium). The company attributed the job losses to the worsening market conditions in all its main markets related to the global financial crisis. At the time of the second job loss announcement in October 2008, it was reported that truck orders had crashed by 99.7% as it took orders for just 115 new lorries in the last three months compared to orders totalling 41,970 in the third quarter of 2007. The The affected units in Umeå and Tuve are the most expensive ones, e.g. the evening and the night shifts. Volvo Trucks is one of the leading heavy truck and engine manufacturers in the world. Volvo built its first truck in 1928 to serve a growing transport industry. Volvo trucks are sold and serviced in over 130 countries.


  • 1 October 2008: Dagens Industri
  • 1 October 2008: Svenska Dagbladet


Eurofound (2008), Volvo Trucks, Internal restructuring in Sweden, factsheet number 67204, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67204.