Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Breda, Enschede, Schiedam
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28.99 - Manufacture of other special-purpose machinery n.e.c.

100 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 July 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The Dutch manufacturer of electrotechnical equipment mainly for the maritime industry is cutting 100 permanent jobs among engineers and office personnel by closing locations in Breda (Zuid-Nederland), Enschede (Oost-Nederland), and reducing personnel at the head office in Schiedam (West-Nederland). No reductions are expected among production workers. The decision follows a severe drop in profit due to the slump in investments in the oil and gas sector, which created difficulties for Huisman's clients. Huisman and the main Dutch trade unions CNV and FNV have negotiated a social plan for the employees who will be made redundant. The trade unions have acknowledged the necessity for internal restructuring and aimed for a one-time restructuring plan that will thereafter bring stability back into the organisation, an expectation shared by Huisman's HR department. Huisman, with 800 permanent staff and 300 additional staff in the Netherlands, have further locations in Monaco, Germany, Czech Republic, China and Brasil, and are making efforts to adapt to changing market conditions by getting involved, for example, in wind-generated energy.


  • 5 July 2016: fd.nl
  • 5 July 2016: RTV Oost


Eurofound (2016), Huisman, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 88160, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/88160.