Collin Arocho
27 August 2019

A year after VDL Nedcar, the Netherlands’ last car manufacturer, cut a thousand jobs, the Born-based automotive company is again triggering the alarm for its employees. According to the regional newspaper De Limburger, Nedcar might be forced to tighten the belt once again, potentially cutting the workforce from 5,600 to below 5,000.

VDL has purchased several plots of land surrounding the Nedcar site and has started the procedures with the province of Limburg to expand its factory – should customer orders give them a reason to do so.

This news comes amid uncertainty with client BMW on the number of cars it wants produced in Born. While Nedcar expects production volume to decrease, the company hopes to get more clarity this fall. Earlier this year, VDL CEO Willem van der Leegte announced that he was optimistic about new assignments. “I think our chances are high. I expect that there will be more clarity about the future before the end of this year. Are we going to build cars for BMW, for a new partner, or for both? We need signatures before I can tell you more about that.”