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Regional industrial policy after a large manufacturing plant closure

News   •   May 24, 2016 13:05 BST

Regional industrial policy after a large manufacturing plant closure

  • How can a region recover and redevelop when hit by the closure of a big local employer?
  • What can we learn from the experiences of other regions facing similar problems in Europe?
  • What happened in the Trollhättan region after the SAAB closure – the biggest bankruptcy in Swedish industrial history?

These and other related questions will be analysed at a seminar to be held in Gothenburg and Trollhättan on 25-27 May 2016. The seminar is organised by Eurofound, the Dublin-based EU Agency.  

While much of the focus of the event is on the efforts to redevelop the Trollhättan region after the SAAB Bankruptcy, cases from other European regions will also be presented. These include the closures of the GM Opel plant in Bochum, Germany and Odense Shipyard in Denmark, and the massive restructuring following the decline of Nokia in the Salo region in Finland. All these cases will be presented and analysed by the major players involved in the regional redevelopment programmes.

This seminar is part of a major EU project, ‘The Future of Manufacturing in Europe’. Restructuring is a permanent feature of the market economy. However, there is much to suggest that current and impending technological developments, not least digitalisation, may have a highly disruptive impact on employment in Europe in the next two decades.

This seminar will explore how regions with a troubled manufacturing base can re-orientate their productive capacities, not least its human resources, to face one of the major challenges currently facing European societies.

Location and dates

  • 25 May 13.40 - 18.00 Hotel Scandic Opalen, Engelbrektsgatan 73, Gothenburg
  • 26 May 09.15 - 18.00 Innovatum Teknikpark Nohabgatan 18, Trollhättan
  • 27 May 09.00 - 13.30 Hotel Scandic Opalen, Engelbrektsgatan 73, Gothenburg

For further information, please contact:

  • Donald Storrie, Head of Unit, Employment and Change, on email: dst@eurofound.europa.eu or mobile: + 353-87-741 9746,
  • Stefanie Ledermaier, Research Officer, Employment and Change, on email: sle@eurofound.europa.eu or telephone: +353-1-204 3220.

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