Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Lixhe (Liège), Harmignies (Mons), Brussels
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
23.51 - Manufacture of cement

193 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 October 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


CBR, cement manufacturer subsidiary to HeidelbergCement, announced on 20 October a restructuring programme implying the cut of 193 jobs in Belgium. The restructuring is due to the increase of cement imports in Belgium which caused a lowering of the company’s turnover. Hence the decision to decrease productivity. All the production centres of the company will remain operational, but will be downsized. The sites of Lixhe (Liège), employing 337, Harmignies (Mons), with 120, and Brussels, with 185, should be most affected. The sites of Gand (Gent) and Antoing (Tournai) should remain untouched.

On 20 february 2005, an agreement has been made in Lixhe: There will be no direct dismissals in Lixhe. Workers aged 52 will benefit from early retirement measures and full retirement will be gained for workers aged 55. Other measures are currently being implemented.


  • 21 October 2004: Les Echos
  • 20 October 2004: Les Echos
  • 4 March 2005: Les Echos


Eurofound (2004), CBR, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 60760, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60760.