EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

AGC Glass Belgium

Company/Organisation:
AGC Glass Belgium

Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Arr. Charleroi; Prov. Hainaut; Région Wallonne
Location of affected unit(s): Roux

Company

Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of rubber and plastics products, and other non-metallic mineral products
23.19 - Manufacture and processing of other glass, including technical glassware
Number Employed: 190
Group: AGC Glass Europe

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 10-02-2014
Planned Job Reductions min: 190
Planned Job Reductions max: 190
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 28-02-2014
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2014

Additional Information

Flat-glass producer AGC Glass Belgium announced the closure of its plant in Roux producing solar-panel glass with the loss of 190 jobs. The decision is attributed to the need to reduce costs in Europe in order to remain competitive on the global market. AGC Roux has been recording losses of thousands of euros in the last few years due to competition from China. According to the management the plant in Roux is non-profitable and lacks future viability.

The ‘Renault procedure’ will be launched in the next few days. Unions will try to negotiate good severance pay packages, while also making efforts to keep part of the plant operational.

AGC has other plants in Seneffe, Fleurus and Lodelinsart and a research centre in Jumet.
The company has implemented other restructurings in Belgium in 20132012 and 2010.

 

Belgian Authorities applied for European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) aid on 19/08/2015.