EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Indesit

Company/Organisation:
Indesit

Geographic Location

Country: Italy
Region: Torino; Piemonte; Nord Ovest
Location of affected unit(s): None

Company

Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of electrical equipment
27 - Manufacture of electrical equipment
Number Employed: 600
Group: Indesit

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 02-02-2009
Planned Job Reductions min: 600
Planned Job Reductions max: 600
Type of Restructuring: Offshoring/Delocalisation
Employment Effect Start: 31-03-2009
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2009

Additional Information

Indesit, one of the largest white goods makers, is to close its plant located at None, in the province of Turin, with the consequent loss of 600 jobs.
According to the company, the closure is mainly due to the recent global economic crisis. In order to tackle this crisis, the company has decided to concentrate dishwasher production in few sites, with the consequent closure of the None plant and the delocalisation of the production to the Indesit plants located at Radosmoko, in Poland.
The trade unions reacted to the company's decision by going out on strike. Moreover, their actions aim to involve the national and local authorities in order to avoid the closure of the plant.

At the end of May 2009, the company and the trade unions reached an agreement that envisages the maintaining of production at the None plant. In particular, the plant will focus on the production of high-quality dishwashers. The main markets will be Belgium, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and United Kingdom. The Ministry of Economic Development and the Piedmont Region will guarantee measures and actions aimed at supporting workers in case of temporary market drop and easing the new investments in the plant.

Indesit is one of the biggest world manufacturers of household appliances. It has over 17,000 employees and 17 production facilities worldwide. In Italy, it has around 5,400 employees.