EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: World
Location of affected unit(s): Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, Portugal


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
30 - Manufacture of other transport equipment
Number Employed: 35600
Group: Bombardier

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 17-03-2004
Planned Job Reductions min: 6600
Planned Job Reductions max: 6600
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Foreseen End Date: 01-12-2005

Additional Information

Bombardier's President and CEO Paul Tellier announced a major restructuring initiative for the corporation's rail transportation business that will address excess capacity in its industrial operations, drive performance improvements and restore its earnings power. Proposed general workforce reductions at sites around the world and site closures in Europe will impact 6,600 positions, 37% of which are white collar workers. These workforce reductions have already begun at some locations. The excess capacity issue is most acute in Europe, where all the site closures and 86% of the workforce reductions are intended to take place. In North America, actions to address overcapacity issues have already been initiated. In Europe, sites identified for closure in 2004 are Amadora in Portugal and Doncaster and Derby Pride Park in the United Kingdom. Closures of facilities in Pratteln (Switzerland), Ammendorf (Germany), Kalmar (Sweden) and Wakefield (United Kingdom) are envisaged for 2005.