Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
US and Europe - within Europe, it is known that Neunkirchen in Germany will be adversely affected.
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27 - Manufacture of electrical equipment

5,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 October 2011
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2013


Whirlpool, US manufacturer of electrical appliances, has announced 5,000 job cuts in the US and Europe. This represents 10 per cent of the company's global workforce. As part of this restructuring, a factory will be relocated from Neunkirchen in Germany to Poland.

At this time, there is little information on how many of the job losses will occur in Europe.

The job cuts are said to follow weakened demand for Whirlpool's products. Additionally, inflation of material costs is also said to contribute to the need for cost-saving measures.


  • 28 October 2011: Le Monde
  • 28 October 2011: BBC News Website


Eurofound (2011), Whirlpool, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 72668, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/72668.