Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Munich and other locations
Professional Services
Scientific, Architectural And Engineering Technical Activities
Scientific Research And Development
72.1 - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering

800 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 February 2020
Employment effect (start)
20 February 2020
Foreseen end date
20 February 2023


As announced on 20. February 2020, the German chemical company Wacker Chemie plans to cut 800 jobs in Germany due to internal restructuring in the coming three years. The job reduction is part of a global saving programme, which aims to save up to €250 million in costs in order to strengthen the company’s competitive position on the market. Globally, Wacker will cut 1,000 positions. As the restructuring plan intends to reduce mostly administrative and supportive positions, it is expected that the headquarters in Munich will be heavily affected by the decision. Wacker plans to exclude compulsory terminations. Negotiations regarding a social plan will start shortly. 

Wacker has 14,500 employees worldwide and 10,000 employees in Germany.


  • 20 February 2020: Bayrischer Rundfunk (online) (www.br.de)
  • 20 February 2020: Focus (online) (www.focus.de)


Eurofound (2020), Wacker Chemie, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 100065, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/100065.