Manz Automation AG has announced it will be cutting employee hours up to 20% due to less demand at plants in Reutlingen and Tuebingen, Germany. The company has already cut workers this year in plants in Taiwan, China and Slovakia.
75% of the 413 people affected work at the plant in Reutlingen. According to Manz, short-time hours, where a portion of wages is paid for by the German Government, will help those workers with reduced hours.
Since January, Manz has been partnered with Roth & Rau AG to make solar-cell production lines for crystalline silicon solar cells.