Internal restructuring
Vlaams Gewest; Prov. Limburg (B); Arr. Hasselt
Location of affected unit(s)
Genk, Lommel
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

3,000 - 3,043 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 October 2003
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 December 2004


Ford announced another restructuring plan affecting between 3,000 and 4,000 jobs at the plant of Genk in Belgium. This plan adds up to the former restructuring scheme announced in May 2002, affecting 1,400 jobs and which is still pending. The induced employment effects (suppliers, etc.) could lead, according to BNB, to additional job losses ranging from 1,500 to 3,000. There is an agreement on pre-pension for the 50 year old workers and 55 year old employees. 43 jobs will also be removed on the site of Lommel, but without direct dismissals. The social agreement states that management expects 2,770 voluntary leaves. 2,450 workers have agreed on voluntary leave (825 pre-pensions and 1,625 departures); those who decided to leave the company before 29 December 2003 will receive a bonus of 4,000 euros. In March 2004, all the voluntary redundancies had been found.


  • 13 November 2003: Les Echos
  • 7 October 2003: L'Echo
  • 15 November 2003: Les Echos
  • 16 March 2004: Les Echos


Eurofound (2003), Ford, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 59349, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59349.