Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
23.11 - Manufacture of flat glass

249 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 December 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 December 2006


On Thursday 2 December 2004, management of the automotive replacement glass company AGC Automotive, announced a third of its 840 workers would lose their jobs by the end of 2006. 284 jobs of the Fleurus site (ex-Splintex and now part of the Japanese firm Asahi Glass) are to be cut as a result of a reorganisation of the production. Two factories will specialise in making laminated glass and toughened glass for cars while machinery producing side windows will be shut down. The workers’ reactions after the announcement were violent. Managers were taken hostages for two days and strikes were announced. On 18 February 2005, after 80 days of strike, no agreement has been reached between workers and management. According to the newspaper La Libre Belgique, if no agreement is to be achieved, the European Management of AGC could decide to close the plant by 2007 and cancel the €9 million investment initially planned. On 15 March 2005, an agreement was finally signed and 249 jobs are to be cut (of which 75 direct dismissals) rather than the original 284.


  • 3 December 2004: Les Echos
  • 18 February 2005: La Libre Belgique
  • 3 December 2004: Le Soir
  • 15 March 2005: La Libre Belgique


Eurofound (2004), AGC automotive, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 60826, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60826.