Vlaams Gewest; Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen; Arr. Gent
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.32 - Manufacture of other parts and accessories for motor vehicles

199 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 May 2016
Employment effect (start)
2 May 2016
Foreseen end date
31 October 2016


SAS Automotive, a company specialised in the assembly, logistics and development of automobile cockpits has announced the closure of its facility in Ghent. The facility relies heavily on the demand for parts by the Volvo factory also situated in the region. At the end of March the company, along with several other subcontractors, failed to settle a new contract to supply parts for the new Volvo XC40. Considering the very specific nature of the production capabilities present in the factory, the company is forced to shut down the facility altogether.

All 199 employees currently active in the facility will lose their job because of the bankruptcy. The announcement of the large amount of layoffs immediately led to strikes within the facility. Employees demanded an individual social plan for each and every one of them. After several days of negotiations and different proposals, both employers and unions came to an agreement on the 9th of May. 168 out of 199 employees cast their vote, the proposed measures were accepted by a majority of 129. Each employee will receive an individual social plan.


  • 9 May 2016: De Standaard
  • 9 May 2016: De Standaard


Eurofound (2016), SAS Automotive Belgium, Closure in Belgium, factsheet number 87388, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/87388.