Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Belgium and other countries
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Other Mining And Quarrying
08.12 - Operation of gravel and sand pits; mining of clays and kaolin

600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 November 2021
Employment effect (start)
9 November 2021
Foreseen end date
31 December 2022


Belgian sand and mineral extraction and production company Sibelco is planning to cut up to 600 jobs worldwide by the end of 2022. So far, 15 jobs are to be cut in Belgium. According to the company, the restructuring programme is aimed to safeguard Sibelco's competitive position and its potential for future growth; it is part of the company’s larger transformation plan of improving operational, commercial, and financial performance by 2025.

Sibelco was founded in 1872 and is a global material solutions company; it sources, transforms and distributes industrial minerals, like silica, clays, and olivine. The company has 114 production sites and 16 technical centres worldwide; currently, it employs more than 5,300 in 31 countries, including 370 in Belgium.



Eurofound (2021), Sibelco, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 105702, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/105702.