Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, Portugal
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30 - Manufacture of other transport equipment

6,600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
17 March 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 December 2005


Bombardier's President and CEO Paul Tellier announced a major restructuring initiative for the corporation's rail transportation business that will address excess capacity in its industrial operations, drive performance improvements and restore its earnings power. Proposed general workforce reductions at sites around the world and site closures in Europe will impact 6,600 positions, 37% of which are white collar workers. These workforce reductions have already begun at some locations. The excess capacity issue is most acute in Europe, where all the site closures and 86% of the workforce reductions are intended to take place. In North America, actions to address overcapacity issues have already been initiated. In Europe, sites identified for closure in 2004 are Amadora in Portugal and Doncaster and Derby Pride Park in the United Kingdom. Closures of facilities in Pratteln (Switzerland), Ammendorf (Germany), Kalmar (Sweden) and Wakefield (United Kingdom) are envisaged for 2005.


  • 17 March 2004: Press release by Bombardier
  • 18 March 2004: Les Echos


Eurofound (2004), Bombardier, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 60023, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60023.