EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Region: Straubing, Kreisfreie Stadt; Niederbayern; Bayern
Location of affected unit(s): Straubing


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.31 - Manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment for motor vehicles
Number Employed: 2000
Group: Samsung

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 16-01-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 600
Planned Job Reductions max: 625
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 16-01-2020
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2020
Other Job Reduction Measures: 625

Additional Information

As announced on 16. January 2020, the German automotive supplier Harman, a manufacturer of car audio and navigation systems, will close its plant in Straubing, Bayern, by the end of 2020 which will result in the loss of 625 jobs. Around 25 of those jobs will be relocated to other plants in Germany. In addition, Harman plans further 130 jobs cuts at its development units across Germany. The decision is motivated by cost-optimisation concerns. Further information on the social plan has yet to be published. 

The German Metalworkers’ Union (IG Metall) criticised the management harshly. The workers and the union have also demonstrated against the closure.

Harman has currently approximately 2,000 employees in Germany. The company is a subsidiary of Samsung and has several offices in the country - in Cologne, Ulm, Karlsbad near Karlsruhe, Böblingen near Stuttgart and Garching near Munich.