Internal restructuring
Kentriki Ellada; Dytiki Ellada; Achaia
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.

120 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 January 2009
Employment effect (start)
19 January 2009
Foreseen end date
28 February 2009


Frigoglass, the world's largest maker of drinks refrigeration equipment, is to cut 120 jobs at its Patra site in Greece.

The company announced on 16th January, 2009 its intention to reduce the workforce to 90, due to the anticipated decrease of production by 72% for 2009, offering a voluntary exit plan and incentives such as the doubling of the legal redundancy pay and six net monthly wages.

Frigoglass also announced the closure of its plants in Norway and Poland, restructuring plans in its Russia, Romania, Turkey and China factories and lowering its general and operational costs.

The General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) opposed this announcement, expressing its "strong dissent for decisions under the pretext of the international economic crisis”. GSEE called on the Minister of Employment “not to approve the 120 collective redundancies” and the Administrative Board of Frigoglass “not to insist on such an anti-labour and anti-social decision”.

Frigoglass is a Hellenic-based global corporation, specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of Ice Cold Merchandisers and the production of Glass Containers, primarily targeting the beverage industry. Today, the Frigoglass Group comprises 16 production facilities and 14 sales offices in 14 countries.


  • 20 January 2009: Imerisia
  • 20 January 2009: Kathimerini


Eurofound (2009), Frigoglass, Internal restructuring in Greece, factsheet number 67858, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67858.