Internal restructuring
Vlaams Gewest; Prov. Antwerpen; Arr. Turnhout
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27.4 - Manufacture of electric lighting equipment

121 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 October 2019
Employment effect (start)
31 October 2019
Foreseen end date


Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) has announced it will dismiss 121 of its employees at its facility in Turnhout. Of this total, 87 will be blue collar workers and 34 white collar. One of the main reasons behind the restructuring measure is the fact that the production facility is specialised in the production of conventional (non-LED) lights, with specific purposes like: stadium lighting, greenhouses, streetlights and projectors. The market for these specific products continues to shrink due to innovations in LED technology. The news does not come as a surprise to the current staff, as the situation has become increasingly clear throughout the years and was communicated as such to the personnel. The company management states they  will try to keep production at Turnhout but that this can only be done by reducing fixed costs.



Eurofound (2019), Signify, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 98930, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/98930.