Continente; Norte; Minho-Lima
Location of affected unit(s)
Viana do Castelo
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles
European Globalisation Fund (EGF)
Year: 2011, Case number: 05

382 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 July 2010
Employment effect (start)
31 October 2010
Foreseen end date
31 December 2010


The German multinational Leoni, producer of cable systems for cars, announced the closure of the factory in Viana do Castelo due to a decline in orders. This closure already involved the dismissal of 301 workers and the remaining 81 employees will leave by the end of this year.

Concerning collective dismissals, the company offers two wages by year of service (2monthly wageyear of service). The average job tenure in this factory is of 13 years, which means that most employees will receive 26 wages.

The company spokesperson informed that the multinational has hired an outplacement company to assist workers in finding new jobs. The company also offered some retraining to dimsissed workers.

Leoni has been operating in Portugal since 1991 with a workforce of 2,600 workers.

As reported, Portugal has applied for assistance from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).


  • 30 July 2010: Jornal Sol


Eurofound (2010), Leoni, Closure in Portugal, factsheet number 70800, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70800.