Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Brugelette, Genappe
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.81 - Manufacture of sugar

150 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 February 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The Raffinerie Tirlemontoise produces sugar. In February 2004, the management announced a restructuring plan implying the closure of the Genappe site (employing 48) and the dismissal of 150 workers, without direct dismissals. In April, an agreement was reached between management, the Ministry of Employment and the workers. The job cuts will be achieved through early retirement measures in the four sites of the company. Workers aged 52 and more may apply for this scheme. 141 workers are concerned (71 in Tirlemont, 21 in Brugelette, 16 at Genappe and 33 in Wanze). The site of Genappe will close in the beginning of 2005; its workers will be redeployed in the other sites of the company. A conversion of the industrial site is considered, towards the production of biofuel.


  • 15 January 2004: Le Soir
  • 13 February 2004: Les Echos
  • 5 February 2004: Les Echos
  • 16 January 2004: Le Soir


Eurofound (2004), Raffinerie Tirlemontoise, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 60116, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60116.