Internal restructuring
Oost-Nederland; Gelderland;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27 - Manufacture of electrical equipment

290 - 780 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 September 2003
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Philips Semiconductors is one of the world's top semiconductor suppliers. On its unit of Nijmegen 90 job losses were announced on 4 December 2002 (50 natural termination of contract, for the other 40, Philips was trying to find an outplacement solution) after the 200 announced in 2002.

In September 2003, 140 more job cuts were announced.

In March 2004. Philips reduces its workforce by 350 units in the sector of semiconductors on the site of Nijmegen. The trade unions complain about the fact that Philips relocates more and more in low wage countries. Philips management argues that its competitors are following the same path and that the company is undergoing an important transformation focussing less on production and more on knowledge.


  • 3 September 2003: Het Financieele Dagblad
  • 31 March 2004: Het Financieele Dagblad


Eurofound (2003), Philips Semiconductors, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 59642, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59642.