United Kingdom
South West; Devon; Devon CC
Location of affected unit(s)
Newton Abbot
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

120 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 July 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Newton Abbot based DB Glass has announced plans to close. The business, which manufactures insulated glass for the social housing sector and for home builders, announced that it was starting a statutory 45 day consultation period with employee representatives from the Unite trade union. Earlier in 2017 Unite members voted for strike action when the company unilaterally changed shift patterns from five days of seven hours to four days of twelve hours per week.

DB Glass is owned by the Midlands based Specialist Building Products. There will be no comment from the parent company while the consultation process is in progress. The date for the closure will be confirmed when the consultation has concluded. 


  • 26 July 2017: Devon Live


Eurofound (2017), DB Glass, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 91674, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91674.