November 11 (Renewables Now) - German wind turbine maker Enercon GmbH plans to cut its workforce by over 3,000, or almost 17% of its global headcount, dpa reports citing company officials.
The news agency said on Friday, initially without providing the source of the information, that the reason for the massive layoffs is the drop in turbine installation activity on the German market, which is one of the manufacturer’s main areas of operation. It cited Enercon’s managing director Hans-Dieter Kettwig as referring to the government's current energy and climate policy that is stagnating the domestic energy market and the onshore wind sector in particular.
Felix Rehwald, an Enercon spokesperson, confirmed the move on Saturday, saying the redundancy plan will affect 1,500 jobs at each of Enercon’s sites in East Frisia and Magdeburg, while up to 300 jobs will be cut at the company’s headquarters in Aurich. The exact number of jobs that will be lost at each of these sites is still not known, Rehwald told dpa.
According to Enercon’s website, the number of the company’s employees globally exceeds 18,000.