200 Jobs To Go At Siteco

The cuts will mainly focus on production, administration and logistics

Osram is making further moves in realigning its Luminaires & Solutions segment. The company has signed an agreement with employee representatives for the future of Siteco Beleuchtungstechnik GmbH’s main location in Traunreut, Germany. One key element is the retention of production and a large part of the site’s jobs. “Our constructive talks have reached a conclusion that all parties can be satisfied with,” said Peter Laier, Osram’s Chief Technology Officer and executive board member responsible for the company’s general lighting business. “The goal is to improve the competitiveness of the luminaires business and to reach a sustainable profit level.”

The professional luminaires business is facing structural challenges due to its high cost base. Against this background, Osram plans to adjust the number of positions at Siteco in Germany from currently more than 1,000 to about 800 by the end of fiscal year 2015. The measures are planned to be implemented in a socially responsible way and will only affect the Traunreut location. The cuts will mainly focus on production, administration and logistics, with the latter to be transferred to an external service provider.

The Luminaires Business Unit combines Osram’s original luminaires business with the activities of Siteco that were acquired by Osram in 2011. Siteco supplies and manufactures technical lighting systems for both indoor and outdoor use, as well as customer-specific lighting solutions.

The Luminaires & Solutions reporting segment within the Osram organisation also includes the service and solutions business. The segment recorded a significant loss in the first nine months of fiscal year 2013 on the back of declining revenue. These latest cuts follow another 900 job losses in North America, reported at the end of September. Those cuts, to the company’s traditional lighting maintenance service business, Sylvania Lighting Services, will take effect within the next six months as Osram is to “discontinue a significant part of its locations in the US and Canada”, according to a company statement.

Earlier this month, we reported that the former Philips luminaire factory at Springe , now called Nordeon, acquired the business operations of Hess AG Form + Licht by way of an asset deal, saving 180 jobs.

15 Oct