VW to suspend sale of MAN ES
The Volkswagen Group has committed to suspend the sale of MAN ES until end-2024 at the earliest, and end-2026 should the group consistently meet agreed profitability levels after the restructuring. MAN Energy Solutions has also all but halved the number of expected job losses in Germany to 1,650 under the terms of a restructuring plan agreed with employee representatives.
The announcements were included in a press release announcing an agreement between the executive board and employee representatives of MAN Energy Solutions to a joint paper outlining the key points of its restructuring. It defines the scope and type of measures that the company intends to implement to ensure its future viability.
The paper proposes a reduction of 2,600 jobs. In return concessions related to labour costs have been agreed upon that will allow the company to achieve its restructuring objectives.
Locations in Berlin and Hamburg to Be Retained
The company will reduce the size of its Berlin site and operations here will be focused on the production of components. It will also keep its service business in Hamburg intact. It will, however, halt steam turbine production, which is also conducted there. Restructuring measures have been agreed upon for the Augsburg and Oberhausen sites, and the organizations in Denmark, France, the UK, and Switzerland will also be streamlined.
The implementation of these measures will result in the loss of approximately 2,600 jobs, including around 1,650 in Germany and 950 in other European and non-European countries. This necessary reduction in the workforce will be carried out in a socially responsible manner, although terminations for internal business reasons cannot be ruled out.
Concessions on Labour Costs
In order to meet the targeted cost cuts of EUR450 million the parties of the collective labour agreement will negotiate to achieve a reduction in personnel costs of around EUR40 million annually for the period from 2021 to 2023.
According to Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions: “As much as we would like to, we cannot avoid job cuts completely. The implementation of the measures agreed upon in the paper on the basis of compensating measures will result in fewer job cuts than originally planned. At the same time, we are sticking to our target and creating the necessary freedom to more effectively absorb external effects in the future. We are streamlining and focusing our organisational structures and are improving our earnings situation over the long term by cutting costs.”
Volkswagen Not to Sell Company
The Volkswagen Group supports the agreements outlined in the paper, expecting that the necessary prerequisites for implementation will be successfully finalized by the end of 2020. Once this has happened Volkswagen will suspend its plans to sell MAN Energy Solutions until the finalization of the restructuring efforts, which include job cuts, reduction of personnel cost and the relocation of products to foreign production centres. This will apply at least until the end of 2024. The Volkswagen Group has further agreed that the company will remain part of the group until at least the end of 2026 if it achieves a profitability target of 9% EBIT on a consistent basis by that date.
“Volkswagen has called on both the management and employees of MAN Energy Solutions to come up with a concept that will make it possible for the company to position itself for the future and achieve financial independence,” said Lauber. “The paper lays the foundation for this concept. Volkswagen is now giving us the opportunity to implement the agreed upon measures as part of the group.”
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