Continente; Centro (P); Baixo Vouga
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Material For Textiles, Apparel, Leather And Related Products
Manufacture Of Textiles
13 - Manufacture of textiles
New offshoring locations
Various EU Locations

176 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 July 2015
Employment effect (start)
31 July 2015
Foreseen end date
31 December 2015


The textile manufacturer Tovartex, which is part of the Falke group, is to close its plant in Ovar and relocate production to Eastern European countries. According to the president of the municipality of Ovar (based on the information given by Tovartex management), this process will lead to the collective dismissal of 176 workers. Additionally, the vice president of the municipality has indicated his "openness to the elaboration of a benefit framework that would allow Tovartex to continue their business in the county." The company confirmed the collective dismissal to the media, but did not comment how many employees will be made redundant.

In July, a debate was launched in the Parliament regarding this collective dismissal. According to the Left Bloc party, the company already has announced its intention to workers and by the end of 2015 the plant in Ovar will be closed.

The company has been operating in Ovar since 1981. In 2004 it had about 700 employees. The workforce was reduced to 550 in 2011.


  • 16 July 2015: Económico


Eurofound (2015), Tovartex, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Portugal, factsheet number 84282, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/84282.