Oost-Nederland; Overijssel; Zuidwest-Overijssel
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
New offshoring locations
China, United States of America, European Union

215 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 August 2013
Employment effect (start)
25 January 2014
Foreseen end date
1 September 2016


Amsterdam-based global special chemicals manufacturer AkzoNobel group is to cut 215 jobs by the end 2016 at its site in Deventer. As announced, the group will move gradually the production of organic peroxides to other sites in Europe, China and the USA, in a bid to cut costs and improve its performace in terms of overcapacity and the new global market trends with a large part of demand being concentrated in North America and Asia.

As reported, the company is in negotiations with the works council and the unions. The company will retain its R&D activities in Deventer, employing approx. 235 people.

Updated, 25-01-2014: As announced the decision to close the plant is definitive. An alternative plan developed by the works council has been rejected by the company. The employees took industrial action.


  • 25 January 2014: De Volkskrant
  • 30 August 2013: AkzoNobel (press release)
  • 25 January 2014: Het Financieele Dagblad
  • 30 August 2013: rtvoost


Eurofound (2013), AkzoNobel, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Netherlands, factsheet number 76083, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76083.