Internal restructuring
Est; Alsace; Bas-Rhin
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.32 - Manufacture of other parts and accessories for motor vehicles

98 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
24 September 2013
Employment effect (start)
1 February 2014
Foreseen end date
1 July 2014


Automotive supplier Timken is to cut 98 positions of a total of 600 at its site in Colmar.

Reportedly, this is due to the end of two important contracts with car manufacturers.

According to the social plan presented to the central works council, the management expects 60 departures in early retirement. Furthermore, it intends to negotiate a “competitiveness agreement” in order to change the working time and to cancel a night shift.

Timken Europe and Timken France SAS are subsidiaries of Timken group based in the US. In 2009, the company announced to cut 300 positions in France, including 165 in Colmar (see ERM factsheet).

Update, 10-01-2014:

Workers have struck twice, claiming better conditions in the social plan.


  • 23 September 2013: L'usine Nouvelle
  • 24 September 2013: Les Echos
  • 10 January 2014: DNA


Eurofound (2013), Timken, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 75896, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75896.