Aluchemie, the Dutch aluminium company, has announced the closure of the company by the end of this year, causing all 220 employees to lose their jobs.
The sale of aluminium to the car industry has fallen sharply due to the COVID-19 crisis. Moreover, Aluchemie had several times in recent years in conflict with environmental regulator DCMR about the emissions from the factories and the environmental permits. To modernize the factories, substantial investments had to be made. For these reasons, closure is seen as the best option for the company.
However, the company will start talks with employee unions to create a social plan.
Aluchemie is one of the world's largest producers of carbon anodes. The Rotterdam company is a collaboration between the British-Australian mining group Rio Tinto and electricity and aluminium producer Hydro from Norway. Together, both companies process the entire production of Aluchemie. The decision to close the producer was taken by both owners. At the end of 2012, the company's management, then wholly owned by Rio Tinto, announced 96 redundancies over 330 employees. At the time, the company cited decreased market demand and growing competition from low-wage countries as reasons for the reorganization.