EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Frank et Pignard

Frank et Pignard

Geographic Location

Country: France
Region: Haute-Savoie; Rhône-Alpes; Centre-Est
Location of affected unit(s): Thyez


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
25.62 - Machining
Number Employed: 367

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 31-07-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 237
Planned Job Reductions max: 237
Type of Restructuring: Merger/Acquisition
Employment Effect Start: 03-08-2020
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2020
Direct Dismissals: 237

Additional Information

The Commercial Court of Grenoble has validated the takeover plan proposed by the current CEO of Frank & Pignard, which includes 237 job cuts. This company located at Thyez (Haute-Savoie), a well-known company of screw-cutting, was placed in receivership on 2 June.

The project provides for 237 job cuts of a total workforce of 367 jobs. The project chosen to take over the company is the one carried by three of the four current shareholders.

On the day the judgement was announced, around twenty employees gathered in front of the factory's headquarters to denounce a flawed project. A trade unionist pointed the finger at the current CEO, a member of the trio of buyers. The employees are wondering how their CEO, who has mismanaged their company, can be allowed 'to buy it by putting nearly 240 people out of work'.

Frank & Pignard is one of the historical companies of the French department of Haute-Savoie, where it is operating since 1955.