Internal restructuring
Vlaams Gewest; Prov. Vlaams Brabant; Arr. Leuven
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles

420 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
21 April 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


Bosch is a German company manufacturing accessories for motor vehicles such as wipers. The company located in Tienen (Flanders) is about to cut 420 jobs. Bosch is severely concerned by the slowdown of activities in the automobile industry as it is particularly linked to the American market in crisis. Among the 420 jobs losses announced, 350 blue-collar and 70 white-collar are concerned. Since September 2008, 40% of the blue-collar were temporary unemployed. However, those measures were not sufficient to compensate the decrease in demand. The trade unions announced they would try to find alternatives and to limit as much as possible the number of direct dismissals. However, hardly 100 workers would be eligible for early retirement.


  • 22 April 2009: La Libre Belgique (www.lalibre.be)
  • 22 April 2009: L'Echo


Eurofound (2009), Bosch, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 68769, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68769.