EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Northern Ireland
Location of affected unit(s): Strabane


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of textiles, apparel, leather and related products
14 - Manufacture of wearing apparel
Number Employed: 790

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 11-03-2005
Planned Job Reductions min: 200
Planned Job Reductions max: 200
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

Substantial job losses are expected to be announced at one of Northern Ireland's biggest textile companies. Strabane-based Adria said that its sales in the first quarter of 2005 were 25% down on the same period in 2004. It is thought that about 200 jobs are at risk among its 790-strong workforce. The province's textiles industry has been badly hit in recent years, with firms struggling to ward off the threat of cheaper foreign imports. In 2001, the firm cut 165 jobs. It was taken over by a local consortium in June 2002. Another 55 jobs were shed in September 2003 while 58 employees were laid off in July 2004.