Continente; Norte; Grande Porto
Location of affected unit(s)
Vila Nova de Gaia
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Basic Metals
24 - Manufacture of basic metals

200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 November 2010
Employment effect (start)
30 November 2010
Foreseen end date


Valsan, a manufacturer of metal components, has announced its closure in Perosinho (Vila Nova de Gaia) due to lack of financial viability, in spite of the financial support and capital injection of 2.5 million euros received from the government since 2001. This closure will result in the dismissal of 200 workers, some of them with over 40 years of job tenure. Some 30% of the wages from last October are still to be paid, as well as part of the holiday pay.

The Trade Union of Workers in Manufacturing Industry, Energy and Environmental Activities of the North mentioned that Valsan's workers have been promised that a meeting with the Agency for Investment and External Trade (Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo) will be held in order to discuss possible interventions to reduce the social impact of the closure. The closure of the company will penalize a region already affected by the economic crisis.


  • 19 November 2010: aBola
  • 25 November 2010: tsf
  • 12 November 2010: Jornal de Notícias
  • 10 November 2010: esquerda.net


Eurofound (2010), Valsan, Closure in Portugal, factsheet number 71240, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/71240.