EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Netherlands
Region: Twente; Overijssel; Oost-Nederland
Location of affected unit(s): Hengelo


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of electrical equipment
27.12 - Manufacture of electricity distribution and control apparatus

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 01-07-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 300
Type of Restructuring: Offshoring/Delocalisation

Additional Information

Eaton Industries, an American manufacturer of electrical equipment, cuts 300 jobs at its plant in Hengelo. The Dutch locations of the company have not been profitable in recent years and Eaton has decided to move part of the production to Hungary and Turkey. The job cuts will affect 240 employees with permanent contracts and 60 employees with flexible contracts. 

In recent years, there have been multiple reorganisations at the Dutch branch of Eaton; a social plan is still in place based on a previous reorganisation. The factory in Hengelo was known as Holec before it was taken over by Eaton. In the past 5 years it has been downsized from 1,000 employees to only 400 after this new reorganisation.