Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Herøya, Narvik, Glomfjord
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26 - Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products

680 - 700 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 October 2011
Employment effect (start)
31 December 2011
Foreseen end date
1 January 2012


Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), a Norwegian solar power company with factories in the United States, Singapore and Norway, has announced to cut approximately 700 jobs.

On 28 September 2011, REC stated in a press release that it envisaged to discontinue production at the oldest multicrystalline wafer plants at Herøya (300 employees), the multicrystalline wafer plant in Glomfjord (200 employees) and the solar cell plant in Narvik (180 employees) due to continued weak market conditions and prospects of a significant negative cash flow. The final decision about the job cuts was made on 25 October 2011 leading to 680 redundancies.

It is said that the factories are forced to close down due to the fact that Chinese manufacturers have been pouring cheaper wafers into the market. Thus, the price dropped and REC has not been able to produce for stock.


  • 28 September 2011: REC
  • 25 October 2011: NRK Telemark


Eurofound (2011), REC, Internal restructuring in Norway, factsheet number 72654, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/72654.