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

30,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 September 2020
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2020
Foreseen end date
1 January 2029


Germany-based automotive supplier Continental announced that it plans to cut its workforce by 30,000 jobs worldwide by 2029. The company decided to expand the worldwide restructuring programme ‘Transformation 2019-2029’, announced in 2019, to rationalise business processes and improve financial efficiency. Continental estimates the programme will bring annual gross savings of EUR 1 billion a year starting in 2023. Originally the company planned to reduce by €500 million per year and cut about 20,000 jobs globally. The goals increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic and due to a drop in demand which affected the automotive industry. According to Continental, about 90% of  measures are expected to be implemented at its all business units by 2025. The company reveals that 13,000 jobs will be cut at in Germany.

The company does not expect automotive production to return to the pre-crisis levels of 2017 before 2025.

Continental employs 232,000 people worldwide, including 59,000 in Germany.



Eurofound (2020), Continental, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 101972, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101972.