EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Tabacofina-Vander Elst

Tabacofina-Vander Elst

Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Arr. Antwerpen; Prov. Antwerpen; Vlaams Gewest
Location of affected unit(s): Merksem


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
12 - Manufacture of tobacco products
Number Employed: 550
Group: BAT - British American Tobacco

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 06-11-2003
Planned Job Reductions min: 230
Planned Job Reductions max: 230
Type of Restructuring: Bankruptcy/Closure

Additional Information

Tabacofina-Vander Elst, Belgium's last cigarette factory, is closing. The majority of its workers will leave the company by pre-pension. Managment, in cooperation with unions, wants to propose an in house job centre to help the other workers in finding a job elsewhere.