Internal restructuring
Région Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijke Gewest;
Location of affected unit(s)
Hermalle, Marche-les-Dames, Jemelle
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Other Mining And Quarrying
08.11 - Quarrying of ornamental and building stone, limestone, gypsum, chalk and slate

117 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 September 2019
Employment effect (start)
30 September 2019
Foreseen end date


Lhoist, a Belgian limestone mining company, and one of the main players in the industry on a global scale, has announced it will dismiss 117 of its 740 Belgian employees across 3 of its Belgian facilities. The main reasons behind the restructuring efforts are a decline in demand from steel and specialised brick producers, that use lime and dolomite in their production processes. Additionally the company has a running conflict with the monks of the nearby abbey of Rochefort that use local water sources for their beer production, and are opposed to further expansion of the local quarry. In addition to the job cuts, the management has announced it will invest a further €90 million to specialise more in the mining of dolomite.



Eurofound (2019), Lhoist, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 98591, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/98591.