Méditerranée; Provence-Alpes-Côte d\'Azur; Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Location of affected unit(s)
Saint-Auban (Alpes de Haute-Provence)
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply
35 - Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply

250 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 August 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 December 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


The world consortium Silpro (Silicium de Provence) has announced that this consortium filed for liquidation bankruptcy of the company. The entire workforce of 250 persons is facing job loss in 2009.

In its July 29 first-half earnings statement, EDF Energies Nouvelles said it had made a provision of EUR 20.2 million to cover its commitments relating to SilPro. German photovoltaic module maker Solon SE said that it had incurred impairment losses of EUR 52 million from the insolvency of French SilPro.

The losses will be recognised in the financial report for the second quarter of 2009, due on 18 August 2009.

In December 2006, Silpro announced the choice of Saint-Auban (Alpes de Haute-Provence) to build the first factory in the world entirely intended for the production of silicon polycristalin for the manufacturing of solar panels.


  • 6 August 2009: Les Echos
  • 5 August 2009: L'Indépendant
  • 7 August 2009: La Tribune


Eurofound (2009), Silpro, Bankruptcy in France, factsheet number 69360, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69360.