Internal restructuring
Noord-Nederland; Groningen; Delfzijl en omgeving
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Basic Metals
24.42 - Aluminium production

150 - 200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
31 October 2021
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Aldel is an aluminium producing and processing company based in Delfzijl, Groningen. It closed the smelter some weeks ago and is planning to cut between 150 and 200 jobs. High energy prices made the production of liquid aluminium no more profitable. The company plans to buy aluminium from other producers, instead of producing it, and to keep the aluminium foundry open. Talks with unions are ongoing: according to employee representatives, it could take weeks before a social plan is on the table. Furthermore, employee representatives doubt that the only-foundry-based business plan is feasible, since it has already shown to be unrealistic in previous restructuring plans.

In the past ten years, Aldel has gone bankrupt twice. In 2017, the company was taken over by investment company York Capital Management.

Previous announcements were recorded on the ERM database in 2009, with 185 job cuts, and in 2013, with 300 job cuts.


  • 31 October 2021: Het Financieele Dagblad (fd.nl)


Eurofound (2021), Aldel, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 105481, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/105481.