West-Nederland; Zeeland; Zeeuwsch-Vlaanderen
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20 - Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
New offshoring locations

108 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 December 2023
Employment effect (start)
5 December 2023
Foreseen end date
1 June 2024


DOW Chemical, an American chemicals company, has announced that it will cut 108 jobs at its location in Terneuzen, as it is moving work to India with the goal to save costs.

In August, DOW announced it would further reduce labour costs through location optimisation, which would involve moving selected positions within certain departments from various global locations to India by the end of 2024. Now it was announced that 108 jobs will be cut by direct dismissal in Terneuzen, including jobs in marketing, sales, the HR and finance departments.

Employees whose position in Terneuzen will move to India will be informed in six to eight weeks, if and when the works council gives positive advice and there is a social plan.

The company already dismissed 169 jobs in March of this year due to downsizing, which was recorded in the ERM events database Dow Chemical-2023-NL. This restructuring followed an announcement in January of 2023 that the American chemical group would be cutting 2000 jobs worldwide Dow Chemical-2023-WO. Additionally, in 2020, 170 jobs were cut in an earlier reorganisation in Terneuzen.



Eurofound (2023), DOW Chemical, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Netherlands, factsheet number 200596, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/200596.