Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Hudiksvall, Stockholm
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26.3 - Manufacture of communication equipment

354 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
21 May 2013
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2013
Foreseen end date
31 December 2013


Ericsson, global provider of telecommunications equipment and services, has decided to let go 318 employees in Hudiksvall and 36 in Stockholm. The job reductions are due to a declining demand for telecom cables.  

As the market for copper cable has declined and the market for fiber cable has grown over the last years, the production has shifted towards Asia, where the majority of the business volumes for fiber cable is found. In Europe there is more production than demand for both copper and fiber cables. Ericsson's production of telecom cables is small from a global perspective and constitutes a small market share. The production has not been operating in full capacity for a long time and has struggled with profitability. 

Union negotiations have started and are expected to be completed during the third quarter 2013. As of May 2013, there is no information about when the employment adjustments will start taking effect or when they will be implemented.

Ericsson employs over 100,000 employees worldwide and is one of the largest companies in Sweden. 

For information on earlier announcements of job reductions at Ericsson see Ericsson-SE2012a, Ericsson-SE2012b,  Ericsson-SE2010, Ericsson-SE2009a,  Ericsson-WO2009, Ericsson-SE2009b, Ericsson-WO2009, Ericsson-SE2008 and Ericsson-SE2007.


  • 21 May 2013: Ericsson (press release)
  • 21 May 2013: Dagens Nyheter


Eurofound (2013), Ericsson, Internal restructuring in Sweden, factsheet number 75401, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75401.