Internal restructuring
Zuid-Nederland; Limburg (NL); Zuid-Limburg
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.10 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 December 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Dutch car manufacturer VDL Nedcar is to cut 600 jobs in its Born establishment due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Redundancies involve 150 permanent contracts and 450 temporary agency workers. The order volume for VDL Nedcar was decreased this year, and BMW, the only VDL Nedcar client, expects demand will remain low in 2021 too. 

For the 150 employees on a permanent contract, the company tries to find a new job at another company within the VDL conglomerate. Furthermore, a plan will be drafted for a voluntary redundancy scheme. In general, the future for the remaining 4,000 workers is still uncertain since BMW has announced that it will stop production in the Dutch carmaker in 2023. VDL Nedcar has been looking for a new employer.

Employee representatives understand the need for restructuring, adding they hope VDL Nedcar will be able to find new clients to avoid further job cuts.

In addition to the 600 layoffs, 150 employees will not be renewed, these workers were only hired temporarily in the fall of 2020 until the end of the year because of a peak of work. Overall, in 2020, car sales in the Netherlands shrink by 22% in comparison with the previous year. VDL Nedcar is currently producing the Mini Countryman and BMW X1, but in general, it operates as a flexible part of BMW's production capacity. Finally, at its peak in 2018, the company employed 7,000 people.


  • 2 December 2020: Het Financieele Dagblad (fd.nl)
  • 2 December 2020: NOS (nos.nl)


Eurofound (2020), VDL Nedcar, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 102718, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102718.