EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Netherlands
Location of affected unit(s): Drunen, Raamsdonksveer


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
24.42 - Aluminium production
Number Employed: 1200

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 13-10-2005
Planned Job Reductions min: 100
Planned Job Reductions max: 100
Type of Restructuring: Bankruptcy/Closure
Employment Effect Start: 13-10-2005
Foreseen End Date: 30-04-2007

Additional Information

U.S. aluminium producer Alcoa will cut 100 of the total 600 jobs at its plant in Drunen. The company will also sell its production site in Raamsdonksveer, southern Netherlands. The spokesperson did not say when the plant will be sold and who are the interested parties. The spokesperson attributed Alcoa's measures to the increasing competition, overcapacity at the plants and high energy and raw material costs. The company will work out a social plan for the employees in Drunen. Forced lay-offs are not excluded and their number will reach maximum 50 to 60 in the coming year and a half. Trade union CNV Metaal en Elektro said that it would assist the redundant employees in finding a new job. Alcoa has currently 1,200 employees at its four plants in the Netherlands.