Volvo spokeswoman Vera Bostijn says that "major investments" will be made to prepare the Ghent factory to make the transition. She refused to give a certain amount, but explained that "it's more than in 1997, when more than 1 billion Belgian francs - 25 million euros - were invested."
While Ghent will become the production centre for the largest types of lorries, the production of middle-sized vehicles will move to France. Volvo Gent at present employs some 2,500 people, 200 of whom are manufacturing middle-sized trucks. It is not clear what the impact will be on staff numbers.
Still, Kris Peeters (Christian democrat) sees the positive side of things. "It's a major investment in a section that has a lot of potential. Today's decision means that the production of heavy trucks will have a solid base in Ghent."