Internal restructuring
Est; Alsace; Haut-Rhin
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale And Retail Trade And Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale Trade Of Motor Vehicle Parts And Accessories
45.31 - Wholesale trade of motor vehicle parts and accessories

110 - 180 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 January 2016
Employment effect (start)
2 May 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


Automotive supplier Mahle Behr is to dismiss 110 employees in Rouffach, France. The number of job cuts could increase to 180 if the unions refuse to sign an agreement to increase the company’s competitiveness (probably by increasing working time and working time flexibility). Such an agreement, which includes a wage freeze for 2 years, has been signed by all unions (and agreed by a vote of the employees) in 2013. According to management, it failed to increase the company’s competitiveness to the expected level. Therefore, the management has announced in September 2015 it will not renew the agreement. In 2013, 162 employees refused to sign the changes introduced by the "competitiveness agreement" and were dismissed (see previous Factsheet). Negotiations with unions started on 3 February 2016 to reach an agreement on competitiveness.  The number of final job cuts will depend on this collective bargaining. The company is a subsidiary of the Mahle group, which employs about 75,000 staff worldwide. 


  • 28 January 2016: L'alsace
  • 17 September 2015: L'alsace


Eurofound (2016), Mahle Behr, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 86357, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86357.