Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf, Hilchenbach
Manufacturing Of Machinery And Equipment
Manufacture Of Machinery And Equipment N.E.C.
28.11 - Manufacture of engines and turbines, except aircraft, vehicle and cycle engines

570 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
4 April 2018
Employment effect (start)
4 April 2018
Foreseen end date


The machine and plant builder SMS Group will be cutting 570 jobs by 2020 due to internal restructuring. However, the majority of those job cuts (440 jobs) will be cut already by July 2018. Most affected will be the sites in Mönchengladbach with 280 employees, Düsseldorf with 110 employees and Hilchenbach with 150 employees.

According to the CEO, the company will try to find socially acceptable solutions for all employees but emphasises that operational terminations might not be avoided.

Management and works council will start negotiations shortly.

Currently, SMS has approximately 4,300 employees. A previous restructuring event at SMS Group ended in December 2017, during which about 1,200 redundancies were implemented. 


  • 5 April 2018: RP Online
  • 4 April 2018: WDR online


Eurofound (2018), SMS Group, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 93769, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93769.