Manner-Suomi; Länsi-Suomi; Pirkanmaa
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
23.11 - Manufacture of flat glass

230 - 320 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 October 2012
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
30 June 2013


Pilkington Automotive, a manufacturer of automotive glasses, has announced a plan to close its Ylöjärvi plant with up to 320 lay-offs. The company is starting negotiations with employee representatives.

Pilkington's Ylöjärvi plant produces windshields and the company cites continuing poor demand for automobiles as the reason for the closure. About 40 office personnel are excluded from the lay-offs as they also serve company's other units in Finland.

Pilkington's announcement lead to criticism from its unions and a walk-out from the plant. Union representatives noted that the decision was effectively made in the spring of 2012, when the company closed its Lahti plant, which provided raw material to Ylöjärvi.

UPDATE, 01-02-2013: Pilkington has confirmed the closure of the Ylöjärvi plant by the end of June 2013. Of the remaining 250 employees approx. 230 will be laid off, whereas 20 may be employed in other units. 


  • 1 February 2013: YLE News
  • 26 October 2012: Helsingin Sanomat
  • 26 October 2012: YLE News


Eurofound (2012), Pilkington Automotive, Closure in Finland, factsheet number 74396, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/74396.