Nord Est; Emilia-Romagna; Modena
Location of affected unit(s)
Fiorano Modenese
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
23.31 - Manufacture of ceramic tiles and flags

770 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 January 2009
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
30 April 2009


Iris Ceramica, world leader manufacturer of ceramic floor and wall tiles, is to close with the loss of 770 jobs by the end of March 2009. According to the company, the closure is due to both the increasing global competition (the China production of ceramic has particularly increased in the last years) and the recent global financial crisis.

The trade unions reacted to the company's decision by going out on strike and blockading the factories' gates. They also involved the local authorities in order to avoid the closure of the company.

Iris Ceramica exports its ceramic products to over 100 countries, and it is one of the main companies of the Italian ceramic district located in the province of Modena.


  • 13 January 2009: Il Resto del Carlino
  • 9 January 2009: Il Resto del Carlino
  • 12 January 2009: La Repubblica


Eurofound (2009), Iris Ceramica, Closure in Italy, factsheet number 67803, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67803.