MAN Nutzfahrzeuge agrees on the safeguarding of the Salzgitter location with employee representative

The MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group and the employee representatives in Salzgitter have reached agreement on the safeguarding of the location and jobs. The agreement includes the modernisation of the location with investments of about € 60 million by 2012 and contributions to cost savings by the employees in their salaries and working hours.

“We are delighted that we have been able to jointly create a basis to assure the Salzgitter location a good future and overall to make MAN’s Bus Division more profitable again“, said Joachim Dürr, Managing Director of NEOMAN, the bus subsidiary of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge. The measures are to take effect in the spring of 2008 and this year and in the following years will already lead to considerable improvements in earnings through synergies with the Truck Division, beside other measures.

The assembly of bus chassis in Salzgitter will be restructured and further developed into a competence centre with investment in a new assembly line. In future there will be 500 jobs here. The strong growth of the Truck Division at the Salzgitter plant will be stepped up and the division will take over 250 employees from the Bus Division. MAN is also investing in a new logistics centre with 220 employees at the location. A major part of the central functions will in future be concentrated in Munich, while complete city buses will in future be produced in Poland.

Last year the employers and employees had entered into discussions with a view to assuring the Bus Division of the MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group a good future and improving earnings. Right from the start the management had declared its goal of avoiding any redundancies for operational reasons. The agreement has now achieved both of these goals.