European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Würzburg, Ostrava
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

600 - 750 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
1,200 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
25 April 2005
Employment effect (start)
30 April 2005
Foreseen end date
30 June 2006


Siemens VDO Automotive, one of the world´s leading supplier of electronics, electrical products to the automotive industry, announced the intention to move a part of its activity from a German site (Würzburg) to the Czech Rebuplic (Ostrava) in order to save manufacturing costs amounting to €38.1 million. The restructuring plan takes into account job cuts from current 1,564 to 814. German Trade Unions are strongly protesting against planned job reductions. The company intends to build a new plant in Ostrava and employ up to 1,200 people within two stages. The new production is to be launched in June 2006.


  • 25 April 2005: Hospodárske noviny
  • 22 April 2005: Focus Online
  • 23 April 2005: Právo


Eurofound (2005), Siemens VDO Automotive, Offshoring/Delocalisation in European Union, factsheet number 61499, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/61499.