Hessen; Darmstadt; Frankfurt am Main
Location of affected unit(s)
Frankfurt, Ludwigshafen
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
New offshoring locations
Not Available

800 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 November 2004
Employment effect (start)
12 November 2004
Foreseen end date
31 December 2008


The German manufacturer of dye for textiles, Dystar, is planning to cut around 800 jobs in Germany until 2007/2008. The company employs 1,800 staff in Germany. The company's sites in Frankfurt and Ludwigshafen will be affected. Around 450 jobs are to be lost in 2005. The job cuts are said to be due to costs and to a shift in the market towards Asia. As a result, DyStar is planning to transfer jobs to Asia. This is the first major measure planned by US investment company Platinum Equity, which acquired DyStar in August. DyStar had been set up as a joint venture by German chemicals groups Hoechst, BASF and Bayer in 1995.


  • 13 November 2004: Frankfurter Allgemeine
  • 15 November 2004: Handelsblatt


Eurofound (2004), Dystar, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Germany, factsheet number 60809, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60809.