Kortrijk, Belguim -- Bekaert management has advised its Belgian works councils of a planned reorganisation of its steel cord activities in Belgium. This reorganisation includes the intention to close the steel cord production plant in Lanklaar and the decision to integrate the Waregem production entity into other plants within the Bekaert group.
The intended closure of the plant in Lanklaar affects 136 jobs. Management said it regrets the need for this measure and will immediately enter into the first phase of information and consultation with the employee representatives, as required by law, leading to negotiations on the agreement of a social plan.
As a result of this reorganisation Bekaert's Belgian steel cord activities would be largely concentrated in Aalter, this plant continuing to specialise even more in the production and development of advanced steel cord products.
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press release from Bekaert