Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Netherlands, other EU countries
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20.1 - Manufacture of basic chemicals, fertilisers and nitrogen compounds, plastics and synthetic rubber in primary forms

1,050 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
18 April 2013
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


On 18 April 2013, the petrochemical group Saudi Basic Industries Corporations (SABIC) announced plans to reduce its European workforce by 1,050 staff due to a weak business outlook for the region.

As part of these job cuts the group will lay off 420 employees in its Dutch operations. The majority of these layoffs will take place in Limburg, where 300 employees will be made redundant. The remainder, 120 positions, will take place across plants and offices in Amsterdam, Bergen op Zoom, Enkhuizen and Raamsdonksveer.

Information on where the remainder of the European job cuts will be carried out have yet to be published.

SABIC is the world’s largest petrochemicals group and currently employs around 40,000 staff worldwide.


  • 18 April 2013: Reuters
  • 18 April 2013: Mubasher Info
  • 19 July 2013: Volkskrant


Eurofound (2013), SABIC, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 75708, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75708.