Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Wood And Of Products Of Wood And Cork, Except Furniture; Manufacture Of Articles Of Straw And Plaiting Materials
16.21 - Manufacture of veneer sheets and wood-based panels
New offshoring locations
Russian Federation, Poland

200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 August 2006
Employment effect (start)
1 August 2006
Foreseen end date
31 December 2006


On 8 August, Bavaria-based group Pfleiderer, a system provider for engineered wood products, melamine faced chipboards and laminate flooring, announced it is to cut 200 out of 3,500 jobs in Germany till the end of the year 2006. The company, which reports 2006 so far to be the most successful year in its business history, says it intends to save costs at the German locations of the parent company Pfleiderer to expand its subsidiaries' activities on eastern European and North American markets. In 2005, Pfleiderer bought laminate floor manufacturer Kunz, which is strong on the North American market. No precise information was given that job cuts in Germany are directly linked to offshoring activities. However, Pfleiderer has already increased its manufacturing capacities in Canada. A chip board manufacturing plant in Novgorod (Russia) is starting operations in 2006 and in 2007 a new manufacturing plant will be opened in Poland.


  • 9 August 2006: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • 9 August 2006: Handelsblatt


Eurofound (2006), Pfleiderer, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Germany, factsheet number 63902, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63902.