EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Slovenia
Region: Podravska; Slovenija
Location of affected unit(s): Ormož


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
26.7 - Manufacture of optical instruments and photographic equipment
Number Employed: 557
Group: Safilo

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 11-03-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 557
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 01-06-2021
Foreseen End Date: 30-06-2021
Direct Dismissals: 557

Additional Information

Safilo, the Italian producers of sunglasses and eyeglasses, is to close its Slovenian factory in Ormož, as a result, 557 employees will lose their job. 

Ormož site is encountering problems due to the termination of the licensing agreements for major brands and the popularity of acetate products. Moreover, the situation has been worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Safilo management stated that the company is adapting its production capacities to future production needs. It was also said that management negotiates with the trade union about solutions for mitigating the negative consequences of closure. Trade union denied it, saying that workers learned the news from newspapers.

Finally, the restructuring involves also the Italian factories in Martignacco and Longarone.