Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Germany and other countries
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20.17 - Manufacture of synthetic rubber in primary forms

1,700 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 September 2021
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2023


German plastic and chemical company Covestro has announced that it plans to reduce up to 1,700 jobs worldwide – of which 950 in Germany – by the end of 2023. The restructuring programme is due to the strategic focus on the circular economy and the new group structure, as Covestro intends to convert to a chemical recycling company.

The spokesperson reveals the programme will include voluntary dismissal programmes, early retirement schemes and natural departure, as compulsory redundancies are not permitted under the collective agreement by 2025. The source reports that a final decision on number has to be taken in the near future. The conditions of the programme will be negotiated with employees’ representatives as the dismissals should be as socially acceptable as possible.

Covestro is a German company which produces a variety of polyurethane and polycarbonate based raw materials. It is a Bayer spin off formed in the fall of 2015 and was formerly called Bayer MaterialScience. Currently, the company employs about 17,000 people worldwide.



Eurofound (2021), Covestro, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 105208, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/105208.