Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles
European Globalisation Fund (EGF)
Year: 2015, Case number: 3

4,340 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
24 October 2012
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2013
Foreseen end date
31 December 2014


Ford, an American multinational carmaker, announced the closure of its plant in Genk, Eastern Belgium. 4,300 people are directly affected by the closure of the Genk plant, and it is reported that another 5,000 indirect jobs could go. The closure will be implemented until the end of 2014.

According to the company's European management, the decision is due to overcapacity of production and the global economic outlook. According to some media reports, some of the jobs may be offshored to Spain

It is reported that the unions named the closure a "social drama". They hope to find alternatives to the closure. It is also reported that the Belgian authorities have voiced their discontent with the closure.

Updated, 23-12-2013: As reported, Belgium applied for assistance from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). The application refers to a first wave of redundancies (512 jobs) as part of the closure that will take place in 2014 and will affect about 4,340 jobs. As mentioned, 2,820 redundancies are expected at its suppliers in the province of Limburg.

Updated, 22-08-2014: The European Commission has proposed to provide Belgium with €570,945 from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 479 workers made redundant by Ford in Genk (Belgium) and its suppliers to find new jobs. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for approval. Belgium applied for support from the EGF following the redundancies of 512 workers of Ford-Werke GmbH (Ford Genk) and ten of its suppliers. The total estimated cost of the package is €1.14 million, of which the EGF would provide half.


  • 22 August 2014: European Commission
  • 24 October 2012: De Morgen
  • 24 October 2012: Reuters
  • 24 October 2012: L'Echo


Eurofound (2012), Ford, Closure in Belgium, factsheet number 74385, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/74385.