Internal restructuring
Luxembourg (Grand-Duché); Luxembourg (Grand-Duché); Luxembourg (Grand-Duché)
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20.4 - Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, perfumes and toilet preparations

91 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 October 2011
Employment effect (start)
1 March 2012
Foreseen end date
30 June 2012


On 5 September 2011, chemicals manufacturer Chemolux announced to cut between 40 and 140 jobs at its plant in Foetz by 1 January 2012. The company currently employs 275 employees.

The job cuts are reported to be a consequence of Chemolux losing its contract with its main customer, the Henkel group. However, from 5 September to 15 November, the workforce will have to work 6 days a week instead of 5 in order to fulfill its obligations towards Henkel.

The final number of job cuts will depend on whether the management finds new customers before the end of 2011.

UPDATE, 23/02/2012 -  After negotiations for a social plan with Luxembourgian trade union OGBL, Chemolux announced that some 47 jobs will be cut immediately, while another 63 by the end of June 2012. OGBL said that its was disappointed by the high number of cuts. 

UPDATE, 07/03/2012 - Chemolux and the trade unions OGBL and LCGB reached an agreement on the social plan envisaging 47 job cuts in March 2012 and another 44 in June. Redundant workers will receive a compensation of at least EUR 12,500.


  • 23 October 2011: L'Essentiel
  • 23 February 2012: d'Wort


Eurofound (2011), Chemolux, Internal restructuring in Luxembourg, factsheet number 72624, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/72624.