EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Orrefors Kosta Boda

Orrefors Kosta Boda

Geographic Location

Country: Sweden
Region: Kalmar län; Småland med öarna
Location of affected unit(s): Orrefors, Kosta, and Åfors


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of rubber and plastics products, and other non-metallic mineral products
23.13 - Manufacture of hollow glass
Number Employed: 300
Group: New Wave Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 02-10-2012
Planned Job Reductions min: 130
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 02-10-2012
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2013
Direct Dismissals: 130

Additional Information

New Wave Group, owner of Swedish glassmaker Orrefors Kosta Boda (OKB), has announced that it will cut 130 jobs at three glass plants in Sweden. The downsizing, which affects workers at the Orrefors, Kosta, and Åfors plants in southern Sweden, occurs mainly in production but other departments will also be subject to cutbacks.

The announcement follows a decision to discontinue production at the glassworks located in Åfors and Orrefors and concentrate the production in the glassworks in Kosta. The measure is undertaken for profit improvements, New Wave Group has during the years 2008-2012 covered losses in OKB in approximately 300 MSEK.

As of October 2012 it is not yet known when the job losses will be implemented by but it is expected to be completed during 2013.