Dunantul; Nyugat-Dunantul; Vas
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27 - Manufacture of electrical equipment

700 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 December 2008
Employment effect (start)
1 November 2008
Foreseen end date
5 February 2009


Nokia supplier, Laird Technologies, is to close its Hungarian manufacturing plant in Szombathely, capital of Vas County (West Hungary), affecting in total 700 workers. Temporary agency workers had already been laid off in November while 127 employees are expected to lose their job by February 2009. Although up till the middle of December it seemed that more than 200 people would be able to keep their jobs, a recent announcement by the company's CEO in Hungary confirmed the complete closure of the factory by spring 2009. The St Louis (USA) based company is a leading producer of antennas, electromagnetic interfaces and other data communication related equipment, which opened its Hungarian plant in 2005 and had been creating new jobs until late summer 2008. The Szombathely plant was producing antennas for mobile phones and has been badly hit by the shrinking demand for new mobile handsets caused by the economic crisis.


  • 19 December 2008: Világgazdaság
  • 10 December 2008: Vas Népe


Eurofound (2008), Laird Technologies, Closure in Hungary, factsheet number 67730, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67730.