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

250 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


In the framework of a worldwide restructuring programme, the Austria based RHI refractories company is to cut 250 jobs in Austria by the end of 2009. According to Thomas Fahnemann, the group's CEO, the firm plans to cut 80 jobs in Styria, 60 in Carinthia and 50 at its headquarters in Vienna. This is a part of a worldwide cost savings programme of the company, affecting some 1,000 employees, which became inevitable to cope with dramatic cutbacks in orders. In order to mitigate the social consequences of the planned dismissals, the company provides voluntary severance payments and retraining measures for the employees affected. Moreover, it has set up a special social fund to prevent cases of social hardship.


  • 23 April 2009: Der Standard


Eurofound (2009), RHI, Internal restructuring in Austria, factsheet number 68839, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68839.