Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
The Netherlands, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire
Manufacture Of Material For Textiles, Apparel, Leather And Related Products
Manufacture Of Wearing Apparel
14.1 - Manufacture of wearing apparel, except fur apparel

320 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 October 2015
Employment effect (start)
30 October 2015
Foreseen end date


Dutch textile firm Vlisco is to shed 320 of its 2700 strong workforce, of which 200 jobs are based in the Netherlands and the remaining 120 in Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Vlisco's market is largely fashion for African women, and their African markets have been adversely affected by falling oil prices which caused faltering in the economies of African states. This is particularly relevant to West Africa, where Vlisco have a presence in the local clothing scene. This move was expected, as Vlisco had brought in David Suddens, who oversaw a similar situation at Dr Martins, as CEO, to enact some form of cost saving measure. Much of the job losses are at mid-management level, with the intention of creating a "flatter" organisational structure going forward.


  • 30 October 2015: Dafne
  • 27 October 2015: ANP Pers Support


Eurofound (2015), Vlisco, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 85991, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/85991.