Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Sweden, Norway and Finland
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
46 - Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 November 2008
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2009
Foreseen end date
1 April 2009


Due to the deteriorating market situation, the Ahlsell Group  gave lay-off notice to 500 employees on 26th of November 2008. Of the employees concerned, 300 work in the Group's Swedish operations and the remaining 200 are employed primarily in Norway and Finland. Negotiations between the management and relevant unions will start soon.

Ahlsell is a leading Sweden-based technical trading company in the Nordic countries within installation products, tools and machinery. It also operates in the Baltic countries and Russia.

On 28th of January the manager in Norway told VVS Aktuelt that the exact number of job cuts in Norway was 150. Of these 85 were permanent employees, the remainder were on temporary agency work contracts and project work contract.


  • 28 January 2009: VVS Aktuelt
  • 26 November 2008: Stavanger Aftenblad


Eurofound (2008), Ahlsell, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 67958, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67958.