Schaeffler cuts back in Germany : Page 2 of 3

September 10, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Schaeffler must tighten belt, cut jobs
After Continental and Hella, automotive supplier Schaeffler is also announcing job cuts well into the four-digit range and site closures.

On this basis, the Schaeffler Executive Board has adopted an additional package of measures. The package of measures has two thrusts. Firstly, the reduction of structural overcapacities and the consolidation of locations in Europe with the focus on Germany and, secondly, the strengthening of competitiveness and the expansion of local expertise at selected locations. These measures, which are to be largely implemented by the end of 2022, primarily affect twelve locations in Germany and two more in Europe.

Locations with a product portfolio that is being phased out technologically or with small-scale plant structures will be particularly affected by the capacity reductions and consolidation. The latter include the production locations in Wuppertal, Luckenwalde and Eltmann, the Schaeffler Engineering location in Claust-hal-Zellerfeld and the aftermarket facilities in Hamburg and Cologne. Production at the Eltmann location will be relocated to Schweinfurt. Eltmann already produces mainly for the Schweinfurt location, so that this is in fact an integration of production. The Clausthal-Zellerfeld site will be closed or sold. The employees of the aftermarket facilities in Hamburg and Cologne will be offered the opportunity to work from their home offices in future, wherever possible. The measures are still being discussed with the employee representatives; final results can only be communicated after these negotiations have been concluded.

A total of around 4,400 jobs will be affected by the cutbacks in Europe, with Germany accounting for by far the largest share.

As a second component of the package of measures, the Schaeffler Group is pooling local technology and production expertise at the Herzogenaurach, Höchstadt, Bühl and Schweinfurt locations, thereby strengthening the company's competitiveness and selected locations in Germany.

The Herzogenaurach location, the headquarters of the Schaeffler Group, will in future be home to the Competence Center for Hydrogen Technology in addition to the establishment of a state-of-the-art central laboratory. Höchstadt will have a competence center for toolmaking that will take over the existing capacities from Herzogenaurach. At the end of the conversion, Höchstadt will be a pure automotive location.

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