Zuid-Nederland; Limburg (NL); Zuid-Limburg
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Basic Metals
24.5 - Casting Of Metals

140 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 January 2024
Employment effect (start)
5 January 2024
Foreseen end date
31 December 2024


Dutch foundry company VDL Castings from Heerlen in the Netherlands has announced its closure and subsequent dismissal of 140 workers.

The background of the closure are climbing costs, the need for equipment and process renewals, as well as tightened environmental requirements and the energy transition.

The company is a subsidiary of VDL Groep, and it mainly produces cast iron parts for mechanical engineering and rails, amongst others. The company was acquired by VDL Groep in 2017, which invested millions of Euros in the outdated foundry company.

VDL Groep’s other subsidiary company, VDL Castings Weert, was closed in 2019. Additionally, activities of yet another subsidiary of VDL Groep, VDL Nedcar have been significantly scaled back.

VDL Groep is a family-owned business conglomerate engaged in the development and production of the manufacturing of finished and semi-finished products, buses, and coaches. It has production facilities in several European countries and sales offices worldwide.


  • 5 January 2024: Het Financieele Dagblad (fd.nl)


Eurofound (2024), VDL Castings, Closure in Netherlands, factsheet number 200674, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/200674.