Another car factory in Belgium is at risk of closing, ten years after Ford’s

Another car factory in Belgium is at risk of closing, ten years after Ford’s
Another car factory in Belgium is at risk of closing, ten years after Ford’s

No closure has yet been announced at the Audi plant in Forest, but rather an “intention to restructure”. Production of the Q8 e-tron, the only model manufactured at the Forest plant, will probably be stopped earlier than expected. Some 3,000 permanent employees are employed at the Forest site.

If the Audi plant were to close, Volvo Car Gent would then be the only large car factory in Belgium. Some 7,000 people work at the plant and more than 230,000 vehicles were produced there last year.

With the production of Audi Brussels, around 53,000 cars, this amounts to a total of less than 300,000 cars assembled in Belgium in 2023. This contrasts sharply with the early 2000s, when more than a million cars were assembled each year, with the Opel and Ford factories.

The Opel factory closed at the end of 2010 and 2,600 people lost their jobs. In 2013, Belgian car production fell below the half-million mark. At the end of 2014, it was the turn of the Ford factory in Genk to close down. Almost 4,000 people worked there.

On 27 February 1997, the closure of the Renault plant in Vilvoorde was announced. More than 3,000 people lost their jobs there. This closure gave rise to the Renault law, which defines the procedures for collective redundancies.

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