EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: European Union
Location of affected unit(s): Belgium, Hungary


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of textiles, apparel, leather and related products
15.12 - Manufacture of luggage, handbags and the like, saddlery and harness
Number Employed: 970

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 29-05-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 360
Planned Job Reductions max: 360
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-06-2020
Direct Dismissals: 294
Other Job Reduction Measures: 66

Additional Information

Samsonite, an international producer and retailer of luggage and suitcases has announced it will be restructuring its facilities at Oudenaarde (Netherlands) and in Hungary. In total 94 employees will be facing collective dismissal and 66 jobs will be cut through natural departures at Oudenaarde, on a total workforce of 770 employees. In addition, 66 temporary contacts will not be prolonged. In Hungary, the reorganisation will lead to 200 job cuts. The company has been facing difficulties for a while but now has to cop with a sharp drop of sales related to the COVID-19 crisis.