AALBORG: Employees at the Siemens Gamesa's blade factory at Aalborg Harbor were told on Friday afternoon that 600 of them were losing their jobs effective September 30, and that a further 130 employees will be relocated.
Both hourly and salaried workers were impacted by the decision but the number of each was not made public.
Siemens Gamesa is North Jutland's largest private employer. After the cuts, there will be 1500 employees remaining at the plant.
The firing of the 600 is the largest mass firing in North Jutland since the electronics factory Flextronics in Pandrup closed in 2004.
"We are shaken and really sad. We knew something was going on, but not that it was so many," said fellow member Thomas Fischer.
Sad day for all
"It is with great regret that we have had to inform our employees that we have to cut so many jobs. We are sorry for it both on their behalf and on behalf of the company, because they are skilled employees and a lot of know-how that goes away. It's a sad day for all parties, says Jan Kristensen, communications manager for Siemens Gamesa in Denmark.
He states a number of reasons for the cuts including that "The global wind power market is becoming increasingly competitive. For the past 10 years, we have managed to lower prices by 40 percent in the industry. This development continues, and we must adapt the capacity in Aalborg to the current demand."
"When we go out and offer, it is increasingly becoming a requirement of the customers that we make a part of the production in the country we deliver.
- The factory in Aalborg supplies blades to the whole world. Local production means that there is a shorter way to deliver, and it is crucial that we minimize our logistics costs if we are to maintain our competitiveness, says Jan Kristensen.
Discussions regarding production redundancies and what can be done to help reduce redundancies will begin on Thursday.
The firings in Aalborg are the second major cut, which Siemens Gamesa is implementing in Denmark this year. On July 1, the group closed its blade factory in Engesvang, where 440 employees lost their jobs. A large proportion of the fired have secured a new job as of today.
Translation to English using Google Translate.