Location of affected unit(s)
Limburgerhof, Gatersleben
Professional Services
Scientific, Architectural And Engineering Technical Activities
Scientific Research And Development
72.11 - Research and experimental development on biotechnology
New offshoring locations

200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 January 2012
Employment effect (start)
16 January 2012
Foreseen end date
31 December 2013


As announced on 16 January 2012, chemical company BASF plans to cut up to 200 jobs in Germany in its plant science section. This is due to bad acceptance of genetically manipulated crops in Europe and a resulting offshoring of its research centre.

The sites which are affected are Limburgerhof (Rhineland-Palatinate) and Gatersleben (Saxony-Anhalt). In Limburgerhof 146 of 157 employees will lose their job, in Gatersleben 57. As stated in BASF's press release, 123 employees should be located to another site, mainly to the new research centre in Raleigh/California. 

BASF announced negotiations with workers representatives.


  • 17 January 2012: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • 16 January 2012: BASF


Eurofound (2012), BASF Plant Biotechnology, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Germany, factsheet number 72965, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/72965.