The Reutlingen-based auto supplier Marelli Automotive Lighting is stepping on the cost brake and wants to cut around 250 of the around 930 jobs at the location. The company justifies this with cost pressure.
Reutlingen – Marelli Automotive Lighting wants to reduce the number of employees in Reutlingen from the current 930 to 680 by 2024. In addition, the weekly working time is to be reduced from 35 to 30 hours from next year – with a corresponding reduction in wages. This news, which the management announced this week, is a blow for the employees, says the works council chairman Klaus-Jürgen Lukosek, “they are shocked”. They thought that after Corona they would be on the mend, short-time working was only available in a few areas.
Further relocations are feared
“Incomprehensible to the employees, that doesn’t go down well,” says Michael Bidmon from IG Metall Reutlingen, who fears that the automotive supplier, who develops and produces vehicle headlights and taillights, will outsource even more activities to external service providers and further relocations Abroad plan how this has already happened. This is how important know-how flows away. Works meetings will take place next week. The company justifies the measures with a “structural cost problem”. The entire auto industry was hit hard by the Corona crisis, which has further increased cost pressure, says a company spokesman on request. The downsizing should take place in a socially acceptable manner – through early retirement, severance payments and vacant positions that would not be filled.
“We’re a thriving company and we’ve made a profit,” says Lukosek. According to the Federal Gazette, sales were last at almost 870 million euros. At the end of last year, just under 970 people were employed at the site.
The supplier was founded in 1999 as a joint venture between Magneti Marelli and Bosch, Bosch left in 2003, Magneti Marelli then held 100 percent. In 2018, the car manufacturer Fiat-Chrysler sold its supplier subsidiary Magneti Marelli and thus Automotive Lighting in Reutlingen to the Japanese rival Calsonic Kansei, which in turn belongs to the US financial investor KKR.