EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Region: Augsburg, Landkreis; Schwaben; Bayern
Location of affected unit(s): Augsburg


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
28.22 - Manufacture of lifting and handling equipment
Number Employed: 3500

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 17-11-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 270
Planned Job Reductions max: 270
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-01-2021
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2021
Other Job Reduction Measures: 270

Additional Information

As announced on 17 November 2020, the German robot manufacturer Kuka will be cutting 270 jobs at its plant in Augsburg in 2021 due to internal restructuring. The CEO informed all employees that a job reduction is necessary due to the drastic drop in orders caused by the COVID-19 crisis. In detail, the value of orders has dropped by €500 million in the first nine months of 2020 compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Negotiations with the workers union IG Metall have already started. IG Metall will focus on the exclusion of compulsory redundancies as well as adequate solutions for all affected employees.  

Kuka has 3,500 employees in Augsburg. 

In 2019, Kuka implemented a cost saving's programme which resulted in the loss of 350 employees (Kuka, 2019).