Westösterreich; Salzburg; Salzburg und Umgebung
Location of affected unit(s)
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
Czechia, Poland

545 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 June 2008
Employment effect (start)
6 October 2008
Foreseen end date
31 December 2008


The US-based TRW Automotive company, a worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, plans to close its only Austrian production plant, which is located in Bergheim/Salzburg, by the end of 2008. This plant is specialising in manufacture of seat belts. Notification of the planned dismissal of all of the 545 employees of the site will be sent to the Employment Service on 28 July 2008. The first redundancies will be effective in October 2008. The whole production will be relocated to the Czech Republic and Poland by the end of this year. This was announced by the local management’s chairman, Hermann Hauser, after a works meeting held on 30 June 2008. Mr Hauser justified the envisaged relocation of production on the basis of permanently increasing prices of raw materials and decreasing product prices – as a consequence of growing pressure exerted by the large automotive concerns. Organised labour called these arguments cynical, since the company has consistently shown profits over the last 29 years. The management has promised to initiate negotiations on a social plan, with the aim of re-employment of at least 80% of the employees concerned. The works council remains sceptical about this rate, since most of the workers affected are low-skilled women with little labour market prospects.


  • 30 June 2008: Der Standard
  • 30 June 2008: Wirtschaftsblatt
  • 30 June 2008: Die Presse


Eurofound (2008), TRW Austria, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Austria, factsheet number 66793, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66793.