EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Region: Fulda; Kassel; Hessen
Location of affected unit(s): Hünfeld


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
20.4 - Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, perfumes and toilet preparations
Number Employed: 380
Group: Coty

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 03-08-2017
Planned Job Reductions min: 380
Planned Job Reductions max: 380
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 01-07-2017
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2018

Additional Information

On 3 August 2017, beauty company Coty confirmed the closure of Wella's site in Hünfeld, Germany, resulting in the loss of 380 jobs. Hünfeld will cease its production mid-2018 as it is not as profitable as Wella's other sites in Rothenkirchen and Cologne.

Company representatives and the works council made an effort during negotiations to save the site in Hünfeld. However, proposals of the works council such as cutting only 100 jobs, and offers to have the remaining employees work more hours per week at reduced wages, were not taken up.

The next step will involve negotiating a social plan for Wella's employees at Hünfeld.