EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Louis de Poortere

21 Oct, 2016
    • Belgium
  • Organisation size


  • Establishment size


  • Type of restructuring
    • (Avoiding) bankruptcy
  • Ownership
    • Private
  • Sectors
  • Involved actors

    • Trade union
    • Public employment service
  • Management of change activities
    • Working time flexibility measures
    • Transition of affected employees to other employers
    • Flexible/early retirement schemes
    • Diagnosis of the situation and designing change procedures
    • Information and consultation of workers or their representatives
Louis de Poortere is a Belgian textiles company established in the 1920s, specialising in the manufacture of high-quality carpets for the international market. For many years, it was among the largest employers in the Belgian textiles sector, with approximately 3,000 employees in the 1970s. Mirroring the challenges facing the entire EU textiles sector over the past 20 years, Louis de Poortere has experienced difficulties linked to market liberalisation, globalisation and other factors impacting on the sector. The company had tried to adapt to new market conditions by divesting some of the less profitable parts of its business; despite these efforts, however, the company was declared bankrupt in August 2000.
  • Business transfer and succession
  • Globalisation/Internationalisation