Fujitsu closes computer plant in Germany

October 26, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Fujitsu closes computer plant in Germany
It is the last manufacturing facility for PCs in Germany: the computer factory of the Japanese Fujitsu Group in Augsburg (Bavaria). Now the company has announced that it will close production by 2020. All 1500 jobs in the subsidiary will be affected.

The closure of the Augsburg plant is part of a comprehensive restructuring of the group which includes a technological reorientation with focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and industry-specific solutions, the company explained in a press release. Development, production and logistics activities will be relocated to Japan.

At the plant, the company mainly produces PCs, notebooks and memory systems under the Fujitsu Primergy brand. In addition to PC production, the Augsburg plant is responsible for worldwide production of Fujitsu Primergy servers based on x86 processors.

Currently, up to 21,000 units (12,000 client computing devices, 950 server/storage systems, 50 racks and 8,000 system boards) are manufactured daily and around 2,500 new configurations and modifications are implemented every week.  According to the Fujitsu website, the production site is regarded as "a prime example of flexibility".

Besides the Augsburg production plant staff, about 300 jobs at other German locations are also to be cut. Fujitsu said it wants to cushion redundancies with a social plan.

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