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.