Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.20 - Manufacture of railway locomotives and rolling stock

2,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 September 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


On 20 September the German steel manufacturer ThyssenKrupp confirmed a merger with the Indian steel manufacturer Tata Steel which will result in a loss of 2,000 jobs in Germany. Cuts will have to be made in production as well as in the administration department. After a year of negotiations, both companies signed a memorandum for a joint venture in the European steel market. The final agreement is expected to be signed in 2018 making ThyssenKrupp and Tata Steel with a combined 48,000 employees the second largest steel manufacturer in Europe.

Works council and the German Metalworkers’ Union oppose the merger because they expect further job reductions.

ThyssenKrupp has 27,000 employees worldwide.

Previously, on 31 August 2017 ThyssenKrupp announced the loss of 1,000 jobs in its Industrial Solutions division (ThyssenKrupp, 2017). Also, in July 2017 ThyssenKrupp announced to cut 1,250 jobs in administration by 2020 (ThyssenKrupp, 2017).


  • 20 September 2017: Hannoversche Allgemeine (online)
  • 20 September 2017: Die Zeit online
  • 20 September 2017: Deutschlandfunk (online)
  • 4 October 2017: Handelsblatt (online)


Eurofound (2017), ThyssenKrupp, Merger/Acquisition in Germany, factsheet number 92222, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/92222.