Région Wallonne; Prov. Brabant Wallon; Arr. Nivelles
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28.1 - Manufacture of general-purpose machinery
New offshoring locations

167 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
19 May 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


Doosan, a South-Korean conglomerate has decided to close its facility in Waterloo. This particular facility was responsible for the production of excavators and dump trucks. The Doosan Group seeks to transfer and centralise their production capabilities in the Czech republic, where another production site already exists. Because of this the site in Waterloo will become obsolete. Both white collar and blue collar workers will lose their jobs as a result of the closure of the Walloon factory. Trade unions have not been informed as to date, and they are still awaiting an invitation from the employer to start up negotiations. The relocation will have an impact on other local subcontractors as well. The Doosan Group has been acquiring several companies for the past 15 years across the globe, however, their activities in Belgium are in decline. At the beginning of 2015 the factory in Frameries (province of Hainaut) was closed as well, which led to the dismissal of 313 employees.


  • 19 May 2016: De Tijd
  • 19 May 2016: De Standaard
  • 11 May 2016: De Tijd


Eurofound (2016), Doosan, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Belgium, factsheet number 87513, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/87513.