International protective trading policies, the erection of factories in customer countries, unstability in several countries, and increasing costs of the production at Geraardsbergen compared to their other factories made S.T.A.B. in 1969 to decentralise the global structure of the activities in Geraardsbergen, in order to get a better insight in benefits and losses. Staffing gradually decreased within the coming years.
In 1974 the name Union Allumettière officially changed to Unal. 1979 S.T.A.B. was renamed into Swedish Match.
Oil crisis, a stedaily increasing consumption of disposable lighters and a regrouping of adminstratition again caused the dismissal of about 400 employees by 1978.
May 1978 Unalit stopped the production of hardboard. Softboard production continued until 2005.
In the 1980's Unal could continue matches activity thanks to the production of so called advertising matches.
In the coming years Swedish Match several times changed from owner, and finally last matches were produced at Geraardsbergen in 1999, production moved to Hungary.(Sources : Lucifersbedrijven te Geraardsbergen, Stéphane Godfroid, Dirk Surdicaourt, 1983 ; Tot de laatste lucifers, geschiedenis van de lucifersnijverheid in de Denderstreek, Marcel Stroobant, Danny Robben, 2003 ; Herinneringen aan lucifers, K.E. Hedborg, 1972)