Exclusive Bombardier Considers Plant Closures in Germany

Canadian train manufacturer Bombardier Transport is considering plant closures in the German cities of Görlitz and Bautzen in a push to transform Germany from a production to a global development hub, according to internal company documents obtained by Handelsblatt. “Bombardier Transport in Germany will become the company’s decisive engineering location over the long term,” according to internal company documents. This includes “targeted measures to adjust capacity and reduce costs.” Bombardier’s executive board will meet with Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel and the state premiers of Brandenburg and Saxony on Monday to discuss its plans. The company has declined to comment on specifics, but has said that no decisions have been made. In October, Bombardier announced 5,000 layoffs after it had already cut 3,200 positions in 2016. According to information obtained by Handelsblatt, the company’s German locations will be the hardest hit with 2,500 layoffs, more than a fourth of Bombardier’s 8,500 personnel in the country. The lack of public clarity regarding Bombardier’s plans have caused unrest among employees in Germany. Workers at the company’s plants in Bautzen, Görlitz and Hennigsdorf near Berlin recently staged protests to protect their jobs. Read the full story in Handelsblatt Global on Monday.