Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Locations all over the country
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

150 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 is to cut 150 jobs in Norway as part of a large restructuring resulting in the loss of 500 jobs worldwide. Out of the 150 redundant workers, 85 are permanent employees and the remainder are temporary agency workers and employees on project work contract. 

On 5th of February 2009, one of the shop stewards in Ahlsell told the union magazine HK-Nytt that after negotiations with the unions 60-70 employees had received dismissal notices, 20-30 had decided to take early retirement pension (AFP), while the rest would leave with "other kinds of pension arrangements". The final total number was not stated.

Ahlsell is one of Norway’s largest full-range wholesalers, with products for water supply, heating, sanitation and sewage applications, industrial applications, electrical installation, refrigeration and oil and gas installation, as well as tools and work clothes. The company has approximately 60 branches throughout the country.


  • 28 January 2009: VVS Aktuelt
  • 26 November 2008: Stavanger Aftenblad
  • 5 February 2009: HK-Nytt


Eurofound (2008), Ahlsell, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 67961, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67961.