Case Study

Crisis at Renault: The Vilvoorde plant closing (A)

21 pages
July 1997
Reference: IMD-3-0714

On February 28, 1997, Renault SA suddenly announced the closure of its plant in Vilvoorde, Belgium. More than 3,100 workers found themselves out of work. Over the next months, protests and debate about Renault’s decision dominated the headlines. The case describes the context of Renault’s decision, and follows a chronology during the spring of 1997. It raises for discussion questions about industrial overcapacity, restructuring, company responsibility, and the future of manufacturing jobs in Europe.

Employment, Downsizing, Overcapacity, Car
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© 1997
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