EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Region: Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Kreisfreie Stadt; Rheinhessen-Pfalz; Rheinland-Pfalz
Location of affected unit(s): Ludwigshafen


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical products
21 - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
Number Employed: 1900

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 13-05-2014
Planned Job Reductions min: 200
Planned Job Reductions max: 200
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 13-05-2014
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2016
Other Job Reduction Measures: 200

Additional Information

US-American pharmaceutical company AbbVie is to cut 200 jobs until 2016 at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. As reported, the restructuring is to affect the production sector where 600 people are employed. Job cuts are due to ending contracts for several productions and a low production volume of two HIV drugs. 65 people shall leave the company voluntarily this year.

The president of the works' council was surprised by the amount of the job losses, but a spokesman of the company assured that they are to be implemented in a socially acceptable manner avoiding operational dismissals.