EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Arr. Leuven; Prov. Vlaams Brabant; Vlaams Gewest
Location of affected unit(s): Kessel-Lo


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of electrical equipment
27.32 - Manufacture of other electronic and electric wires and cables
Number Employed: 494

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 27-05-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 300
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-06-2021

Additional Information

CommScope, an international provider of network infrastructure, has announced that it will dismiss 300 employees at its facility in Kessel-Lo, including 241 blue collar workers and 64 white collar workers. Meanwhile, the production division and the distribution centre will be closed. However, the company's research department (with 200 employees) will continue to operate and remain relatively unaffected by the restructuring measures.

The company management states that the restructuring plans are largely due to the changes in network technology and the increasing competition in the market. While trade unions within the company are critical of this statement and believe that the restructuring effort is mainly an exercise in maximising profit.

For previous restructuring events, see CommScope2015-CZ, and CommScope2008-EU