EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Kohler France

Kohler France

Geographic Location

Country: France
Region: Corrèze; Limousin; Sud-Ouest
Location of affected unit(s): mainly Brive, and another units


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of rubber and plastics products, and other non-metallic mineral products
23.42 - Manufacture of ceramic sanitary fixtures

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 29-03-2010
Planned Job Reductions min: 185
Planned Job Reductions max: 185
Type of Restructuring: Offshoring/Delocalisation
Employment Effect Start: 01-07-2010

Additional Information

On 29 March 2010, Kohler France (a subsidiary of the US Kohler group - 27000 employees world wide) confirmed to its Works Council that the production of fixtures ceramics factory « Jacob Delafon » in Brive will be closed as part of the reorganization of industrial production of ceramics. The company announced it would cut 159 jobs, including 139 permanent contracts. The plant will close its doors in July 2010. Another 26 jobs will be cut at the headquarters in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) and in a factory in Troyes (Aube). Management explained the factory in Brive is losing between 5 and 7 millions euro each year. The mayor of Brive and the unions pointed out that the production will be transferred to three units in Zaragosa (Spain), Tangiers (Morocco) and in India. The works council wants to examine the accounts of Jacob Delafon and have engaged  to this end an accountant.