Siemens Gamesa to complete job cuts at factories within weeks

Gamesa’s Onshore Wind Turbine Division: Navigating Financial Challenges and Employment Worries

In recent years, Siemens Energy has faced financial challenges that have led to the consideration of selling or closing its onshore wind turbine division. However, the company ultimately rejected this idea and is now focusing on minimizing harm to employees through relocations. With almost 5,000 workers in Spain, Gamesa, owned by Siemens Energy, aims to avoid layoffs as much as possible.

Despite these challenges, Siemens Energy’s CEO Christian Bruch emphasizes the importance of maintaining stable employment numbers and balancing relocations. The three Spanish factories in Zamudio, Sarriguren, and Ágreda are at risk due to the competitive market and additional obstacles posed by Chinese manufacturers.

The offshore wind division of Siemens Energy shows promise but may take years for the onshore business to recover fully. To ensure business continuity, the company is in negotiations with both the German and Spanish governments for financial support. The collaboration and understanding of these governments are crucial factors in Siemens Energy’s decision to remain in the wind industry.

In addition to its focus on wind energy, Siemens Energy has also diversified into other sectors such as natural gas plants. This diversification has helped offset losses in the wind branch and allowed the company to remain optimistic about its future prospects. While Gamesa continues negotiations with the Spanish government with hopes of finalizing agreements in the coming weeks, it remains cautious about opening new factories until existing ones reach full capacity.

Overall, Gamesa’s plans for personnel cuts have sparked concern among unions due to potential layoffs. However, with a focus on relocations and ongoing negotiations with both national governments for financial support, Gamesa remains committed to maintaining stable employment numbers while exploring new opportunities within the industry.

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