Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Germany, China, other countries
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27.20 - Manufacture of batteries and accumulators

425 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 December 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2019
Foreseen end date
1 January 2020


SMA Solar Technology AG has presented the restructuring plan announced in September to the employees representatives. One of the main planned measures is the discontinuation of China as a location and the sale of the Chinese companies to the local management. The restructuring will involve a reduction of the global workforce by around 425 full-time positions. According to the company 'the restructuring measures are needed in order to return SMA to profitability quickly in an environment characterised by a sharp decline in prices'. 

The planned restructuring measures are to be implemented starting from January 2019. Worldwide, SMA plans to cut around 425 of the total 3,307 full-time positions (not including temporary employees), until 2020. More than 100 of these full-time positions are located in Germany and more than 300 to the foreign locations. The management is aiming 'to carry out the staff reduction in a socially responsible way. However, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out at present'.



Eurofound (2018), SMA Solar Technology, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 96235, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/96235.