Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
23.2 - Manufacture of refractory products

1,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 April 2009
Employment effect (start)
8 April 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


One of the world's leading refractories companies, the Austria-based RHI, is to slash 1,000 of its about 7,800 jobs worldwide, in the course of 2009. According to Thomas Fahnemann, the group's CEO, restructuring is the only possible measure to cope with the current economic slowdown. Dramatic cutbacks in orders from the steel, cement and glass industries have forced the company to save on personnel costs and to spend less on raw materials. The company's restructuring and saving programme aims at saving € 80 million - half of it still in the 2009. The planned dismissals will affect about 250 administrative staff and about 750 production workers. 250 employees will be affected in Austria only.


  • 23 April 2009: Der Standard


Eurofound (2009), RHI, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 68838, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68838.