EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Akzo Nobel

Akzo Nobel

Geographic Location

Country: World


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical products
21 - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
Number Employed: 66360
Group: Akzo Nobel

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 17-04-2003
Planned Job Reductions min: 2230
Planned Job Reductions max: 2640
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-04-2003

Additional Information

Akzo Nobel has reduced its workforce by 2,230 (66,360 on June 30th, 67,880 on December 31th). The company has cut jobs in its three main business areas: pharmacy (approximately 440 jobs lost), coatings (some 1,290 jobs lost) and chemicals( some 450 jobs lost). February 2004. Diosynth, part of the Pharma branch, has announced a restructuring across the world. To face the declining demand, Diosynth is reducing its capacity by closing its site in Mexico, scaling back facilities in the Netherlands and reducing its production capacity at Buckhaven (Scotland) site. Workforce reductions will directly affect a total of approximately 350 employees. For each site, consultation involving unions and works councils is being, or will be, undertaken as appropriate. February 2004. 60 jobs to be shed at Akzo Nobel Coatings in Vilvoorde, Belgium.