Internal restructuring
Continente; Centro (P);
Location of affected unit(s)
Leiria, Vendas Novas
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles

220 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 December 2008
Employment effect (start)
12 October 2008
Foreseen end date
2 December 2008


Key plastics announced the loss of 220 jobs affecting its 3 factories in Portugal: Gândara dos Olivais, Barosa and one in Vendas Novas.

Key Plastics Portugal (KPP), a Key Automotive Group company, is a global enterprise that provides a full range of engineering, program management and production services to the automotive industry. This decision was justified by the need to adjust the capacity to declining demand.

The Co-ordinator of the trade unit SINQUIFA - Sindicato dos Trabalhadores a Química, Farmaceutica, Petróleo e Gás do Centro, Sul e Ilhas (chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas Workers Union) in Leiria expressed his concern about the situation and confirmed that temporary agent workers and other non-permanent workers are among those who were dismissed.

KPP general-director has raised the possibility of re-integrating these 220 workers after the end of the first quarter of 2009 in the event that the production of a German automobile component company which has declared bankruptcy is transferred to Portugal.


  • 5 December 2008: Diário Económico


Eurofound (2008), Key Plastics, Internal restructuring in Portugal, factsheet number 67725, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67725.