Flanders hit by wave of redundancies

20th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

ANTWERP- The Flanders economy suffered more gloom this week after a series of lay-offs at industrial plants around the region.

ANTWERP- The Flanders economy suffered more gloom this week after a series of lay-offs at industrial plants around the region.

Aluminum producer Corus said it was axing 80 jobs at its plant in Duffel, near Antwerp, although the company said this would be followed by the recruitment of 25 skilled workers. A statement said the programme of cuts would involve handing over most of its administrative activities to subcontractors.

Chemical company Metzler is to make redundant 40 workers at its plant in Ghent while electronics firm Philips announced it was slashing 20 jobs at its assembly plant in Lommel, in Limbourg province. Philips said it will be transferring part of the production of optical plastics in Lommel to new installations in China.

Flemish automatic vending machine manufacturer Shop 24, which employs 27 people, was put into receivership. Seven of the staff are to be kept on for maintenance duties while the search for a new owner continues.



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Subject: Belgian news





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