EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

ZF Friedrichshafen

ZF Friedrichshafen

Geographic Location

Country: Germany


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of transport equipment
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles
Number Employed: 148000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 29-05-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 7500
Planned Job Reductions max: 7500
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 29-05-2020
Foreseen End Date: 29-05-2025
Other Job Reduction Measures: 7500

Additional Information

As announced on 29 May 2020, the German automotive parts manufacturer and supplier ZF Friedrichshafen will cut approximately 7,500 jobs in Germany (12,000 to 15,000 jobs worldwide) within the next 5 years due to inevitable restructuring. As the demand has plummeted in the first half of 2020 (expected drop in sales of €8 billion), mainly due to the COVID-19 crisis, ZF Friedrichshafen is facing significant financial burdens. The announcement was a surprise to the employees and the works council. The chief manager explained that he will try to save as many jobs as possible.

Negotiations between management, IG Metall and works council will start shortly. As of today, there is no information on the location of the job reduction. 

ZF Friedrichshafen has 148,000 employees worldwide.