EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

BASF Plant Biotechnology

BASF Plant Biotechnology

Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Location of affected unit(s): Limburgerhof, Gatersleben


Sector: Professional services
Scientific research and development
72.11 - Research and experimental development on biotechnology
Group: BASF

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 16-01-2012
Planned Job Reductions min: 200
Planned Job Reductions max: 200
Type of Restructuring: Offshoring/Delocalisation
Employment Effect Start: 16-01-2012
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2013
Other Job Reduction Measures: 200

Additional Information

As announced on 16 January 2012, chemical company BASF plans to cut up to 200 jobs in Germany in its plant science section. This is due to bad acceptance of genetically manipulated crops in Europe and a resulting offshoring of its research centre.

The sites which are affected are Limburgerhof (Rhineland-Palatinate) and Gatersleben (Saxony-Anhalt). In Limburgerhof 146 of 157 employees will lose their job, in Gatersleben 57. As stated in BASF's press release, 123 employees should be located to another site, mainly to the new research centre in Raleigh/California. 

BASF announced negotiations with workers representatives.