24 September, 2014

ThyssenKrupp Angers may cut 250 jobs out of 450

Si elle devait être confirmée, la perte de 250 emplois chez ThyssenKrupp, l'une des plus importantes entreprises d'Angers, serait un nouveau séisme après la disparition de Thomson voici deux ans.

If a worsening of the Angers economic situation was predictable after the end of the summer holidays, the bad news arrived from an unexpected sector. Weeks ago, the commercial court had warned that in the construction section, some companies were endangered by a depressed activity. Finally, the most dramatic news for Angers in the economic field comes from one of its flagship companies. The Angers subsidiary of the German ThyssenKrupp company may lay off quite half of its labor force : 250 jobs out of 450. The announcement of the measure is due to be officialized to the staff's representatives on September 25th.

The managers of the company have already met the Angers mayor, Christophe Béchu, and told him their local factory faced "industrial difficulties". Those are of course connected with the depression in the construction sector, in Angers but also in France, at the same time in new buildings and maintenance. One of the two subsidiaries of ThyssenKrupp in Angers, the ThyssenKrupp Ascenseurs France had already experienced a severe "weight-loss programme", with jobs suppression and closures of agencies.Now it would be the turn of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Manufacturing which produces the elevators. 

Credit Thyssen Krupp

The two Angers subsidiaries of ThyssenKrupp are the only one the German group has in France and thir size is quite reduced : worldwide, ThyssenKrupp has  around 46,000 employees. The German company has other factories in Germany and Spain. All the production sites would be currently gauged and the German management would plan to close the less profitable. The Angers labor market was already in bad conditions. In Maine-et-Loire, the growth of job seekers was in August beyond 2% over a year. And two years ago, the local economy was hit by the closure of Thomson and is far from having recovered.

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