Nordrhein-Westfalen; Düsseldorf; Wuppertal
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
New offshoring locations
China, Romania, Germany

670 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 March 2021
Employment effect (start)
14 March 2021
Foreseen end date
31 December 2022


As confirmed on 14 March 2020, the German automotive supplier Schaeffler will be closing its plant in Wuppertal which will result in the reduction of 670 jobs. The production activities of the plant will be overtaken by other plants of the company located in China, Romania and Germany (Schweinfurt). The closure is part of a large Europe-wide restructuring programme by Schaeffler affecting 4,400 employees in Germany. Schaeffler intends to achieve its goal by the end of 2022 mainly via a voluntary programme. Regarding the closure of the plant in Wuppertal, management and works’ council will start negotiations on a social plan shortly.  

Schaeffler has 83,000 employees worldwide. 

Previous restructuring programme on the national level was announced in October 2019 (1300 job reductions). 

Updated, 23/4/21:

On 23 April 2021, the business daily Handelsblatt reported that Schaeffler is negotiating social plans for a total of 12 plants in Germany, with negotiations regarding the plant in Wuppertal still being in progress. The business daily stated that the company plans to shed a total of 4,400 jobs worldwide. Most of the jobs will be lost in Germany, but no definite figure has been released.



Eurofound (2021), Schaeffler, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Germany, factsheet number 103923, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/103923.