EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Wätsilä France

Wätsilä France

Geographic Location

Country: France
Location of affected unit(s): Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), Surgères (Charente-Maritime)


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
28 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Number Employed: 530
Group: Wätsilä

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 20-05-2010
Planned Job Reductions min: 116
Planned Job Reductions max: 116
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Planned Job Creation: 35

Additional Information

On 20 May, Finnish industrial group Wärtsilä announced the closure of a workshop in Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin) as part of a restructuring plan resulting in the loss of 116 jobs (out of a total of 530 in France).

In order to better utilize its assets, Wärtsilä France plans to concentrate all high speed engine workshop activities at the services site in Surgères (Charente-Maritime). This means closing the workshop activities in Mulhouse. In addition, Wärtsilä France is reorganizing its structure for a better optimization of resources in service sales, technical support as well as purchasing. These measures imply a reduction of approximately 116 positions mainly in Mulhouse while, at the same time, approximately 35 new job opportunities will be offered mainly in Surgères. In January, the Finnish group announced a plan to reduce approximately 1,400 jobs globally within the group. Of these reductions, 570 were planned to occur in the Netherlands where the company employs 1,561 people.