Location of affected unit(s)
La Villeneuve-au-Chêne, Digoin
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
23.42 - Manufacture of ceramic sanitary fixtures

247 - 277 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
13 May 2016
Employment effect (start)
13 July 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


The Swiss group Geberit which specialises in sanitary and bathroom equipment, announced to its central works council on 13 May that it will close two sites in France in its subsidiary Allia SAS. One plant in La Villeneuve-au-Chêne that employs 100 people will be closed, while another 147 positions out of a total of 177 will be cut at a sister plant in Digoin. A further 30 positions could be removed in a site in the Loir-et-Cher department, and in a plant in Portugal. The sites produce baths, washbasins and toilets in ceramic. The group Geberit bought Allia SAS in 2015 (which was a subsidiary of the Finish group Sanitec). This decision was described as an “industrial disaster” by the president of the department of Saône-et-Loire.

Update 16.01.2017: Between 150 and 200 employees protested outside the copmany's premises in Samoreau (Seine et Marne) against the employment-safeguarding plan proposed by the firm. According to union member Pierre-Gaël Laveder, a first victory has been won, as management was forced to take a step back following a warning from the Labour inspectorate, about a possible technical flaw in this plan. Therefore, the process has been delayed for several months, as management will have to start again the information and consultation process.  Geberit, which acquired Allia close to two years ago, has announced plans to relocate its French production activities to Poland and Portugal from January 2017.


  • 17 May 2016: L’Est éclair
  • 17 May 2016: Le Moniteur
  • 17 May 2016: France 3 Bourgogne
  • 18 May 2016: France 3 Bourgogne


Eurofound (2016), Allia, Closure in France, factsheet number 87536, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/87536.