United Kingdom
Scotland; Eastern Scotland; West Lothian
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacturing Of Furniture And Other Manufacturing
Other Manufacturing
32.50 - Manufacture of medical and dental instruments and supplies

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 March 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The management of Johnson & Johnson, the USA-based multinational company has started consultations with employees at its Scotland subsidiary, Ethicon, about closing their production site in Livingston. The closure will lead to the loss of 400 jobs. Ethicon produces surgical sutures, and is owned by the medical devices division of Johnson & Johnson (JJMD). In their statement, the management of Johnson & Johnson has said the closure is part of their global restructuring aimed at streamlining operations. The regional officer of the trade union Unite, Derek Ormston, has said they are committed to defending employees’ interests in the consultations. Representatives of the Scottish and the UK governments are disappointed that despite their efforts to reach an agreement with Johnson & Johnson, the company has decided to start consultations with employees.

In January 2017, Johnson & Johnson announced the loss of 80 jobs at LifeScan Scotland, its other Scottish subsidiary based in Inverness, which produces medication used in the treatment of diabetes.



Eurofound (2017), Ethicon, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 90552, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90552.