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
23.41 - Manufacture of ceramic household and ornamental articles

151 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 February 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The group Villeroy & Boch has announced the reduction of 180 jobs on the Luxembourg site this year. This means more than a third of the work force. The European industry is suffering from a structural crisis due to a decrease in demand and an increase of the imports from low cost countries like China. The board has also confirmed that they are the victim of fakes and copies of the products Villeroy & Boch, made in China. These copies mean a loss of several million euros to the company. On the 28th of March 2006, the board of Villeroy & Boch and the representatives of the trade union have signed an act of nonagreement on the terms of the social plan that is being negotiated. This act will be sent to the national office of reconciliation who will try to reach a compromise between the parties. (The union wants 208 € per month of seniority. The management of the company does not agree and offers only 100 € and a bonus of 1.600 € for each dependent child.)


  • 11 March 2006: Le Quotidien
  • 15 March 2006: Le Quotidien


Eurofound (2006), Villeroy & Boch, Internal restructuring in Luxembourg, factsheet number 63143, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63143.