Région Wallonne; Prov. Hainaut; Arr. Charleroi
Location of affected unit(s)
Wagon Automotive, Fleurus
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles
New offshoring locations
Not Available

80 - 160 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 May 2006
Employment effect (start)
17 November 2006
Foreseen end date


The British multinational Wagon Automotive, a manufacturer of vehicle body structures, has adopted a restructuring plan under which 15% of its production must come from countries with low wage costs. As part of this restructuring, the Fleurus-based plant, specialised in the production of technical equipment for cars, is threatened. The plant currently employs 160 people. Employment effects are expected to start in 2007 but social partners are negotiating a social plan. Updated information on 17 November 2006 reports that following a couple of weeks of negotiations, 80 people (around the half of the current workforce) have accepted the social plan.


  • 13 October 2006: Le Soir
  • 29 May 2006: La Dernière Heure
  • 22 May 2006: Gazet van Antwerpen
  • 17 November 2006: Trends


Eurofound (2006), Wagon Automotive, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Belgium, factsheet number 63556, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63556.