Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles

7,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
29 May 2020
Employment effect (start)
29 May 2020
Foreseen end date
29 May 2025


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. 



Eurofound (2020), ZF Friedrichshafen, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 101175, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101175.