Sud-Ouest; Limousin; Corrèze
Location of affected unit(s)
mainly Brive, and another units
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
23.42 - Manufacture of ceramic sanitary fixtures
New offshoring locations
Spain, Morocco, India

185 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
29 March 2010
Employment effect (start)
1 July 2010
Foreseen end date


On 29 March 2010, Kohler France (a subsidiary of the US Kohler group - 27000 employees world wide) confirmed to its Works Council that the production of fixtures ceramics factory « Jacob Delafon » in Brive will be closed as part of the reorganization of industrial production of ceramics. The company announced it would cut 159 jobs, including 139 permanent contracts. The plant will close its doors in July 2010. Another 26 jobs will be cut at the headquarters in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) and in a factory in Troyes (Aube). Management explained the factory in Brive is losing between 5 and 7 millions euro each year. The mayor of Brive and the unions pointed out that the production will be transferred to three units in Zaragosa (Spain), Tangiers (Morocco) and in India. The works council wants to examine the accounts of Jacob Delafon and have engaged  to this end an accountant.



Eurofound (2010), Kohler France, Offshoring/Delocalisation in France, factsheet number 70605, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70605.