Hard times for Bekaert Textiles

29th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

Bekaert Textiles cuts jobs in Belgium, and is set to close Germany branch altogether.

29 September 2008

BELGIUM -- At Bekaert Textiles in Waregem (West Flanders) 281 of the nearly 450 workers are losing their jobs: 248 blue collar workers and 33 white collar workers. The job loss was announced at a special works council meeting Friday.

The spinning and extrusion departments are being closed down and the other departments will be reduced. The Bekaert Textiles branch in Germany will be closed down completely with a total of 85 people losing their jobs.

During the last three years, the company has not made any new investments. There have also been periods of provisional unemployment.

The Bekaert factory in Waregem manufactures mattress cover material. By closing down the spinning and extrusion departments the factory in Belgium will be brought back to Bekaert's core activities.

Bekaert Textiles has been struggling, and people knew it. Over recent weeks there were rumours of a major restructuring of the company. According to the trade unions, the unrest at the factory had become unbearable.

Following the announcement of the job cuts, the personnel met with the trade unions to formulate demands. The management and unions have said they will try to find a solution that will also address the social consequences of the decision.

Bekaert Textiles NV, founded in 1892 by Ivo Bekaert, belongs to one of Europe's largest textile groups. It is a multi-national company with production units in 10 countries worldwide and headquarters in Belgium.

Bekaert Textiles specializes in the manufacturing of jacquard, dobby and knitted fabrics. According to the Bekaert Textiles website it is market leader in the worldwide production and supply of mattress cover materials and a world class producer of decorative fabrics.

[flandersnews.be / Expatica]

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