Région Wallonne;
Location of affected unit(s)
Prov. Brabant Wallon Nivelles (production of paper pulp)
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Paper And Paper Products
17 - Manufacture of paper and paper products

227 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
17 September 2006
Employment effect (start)
1 March 2007
Foreseen end date
31 December 2007


Arjo Wiggins produces paper pulp on its two sites based in Belgium. The company employs 684 workers including 80 long-term additional temporary workers. Because of international competition and the decline in demand for its products, Arjo Wiggins has decided to set up a new production site in the Czech Republic and to reorganise the two Belgian sites of Nivelles and of Virginal. This reorganisation led to significant restructuring and in mid-September, the group’s management announced the closure of the production site of Nivelles and the loss of 147 jobs and the breaking of 80 temporary employment contracts. Some of its activities will be relocated to the site of Virginal. Some of of staff will then be relocated to Virginal. At the end of January, the social partners with the help of the social Ombudsman have finally reached an agreement on the setting up of a social plan. This agreement represents a step forward with regard to the rights of temporary workers and the status of manual workers.


  • 31 January 2007: Le Soir
  • 31 January 2007: L'Echo


Eurofound (2006), Arjo Wiggins, Relocation in Belgium, factsheet number 64973, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64973.