Filtration manufacturer Mann+Hummel will end production at its headquarters plant in Ludwigsburg, Germany, a decision officials said was necessary to “ensure the company’s future.”
“This has been an out most difficult decision – we have been producing in Ludwigsburg since 1954,” said the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Thomas Fischer. “However, this was a necessary measure to ensure the company’s future. Of course, the company headquarters with the research and development center will remain here and we will continue to invest in the technology center. We stand by the Ludwigsburg location,”
The company said it continuously reviews its production sites to ensure its ability to meet evolving customer needs. Over the course of these strategic considerations, it was determined that the competitiveness of the Ludwigsburg production facility cannot be maintained.
“As an international company, Mann+Hummel is not only responsible for the Ludwigsburg site. In order to remain competitive in the medium to long term and to safeguard the future of the company with 22 000 employees worldwide, we need to make this adjustment to our production network,” said Hanno Höhn, Chief Supply Chain Officer and labor director of Mann+Hummel GmbH.
Existing production activities will be phased out or relocated. The specific timetable for the closure will be agreed in cooperation with customers and employee representatives and the company said it will work in “close and trusting cooperation” with the negotiation partners to arrange socially responsible solutions for the staff at the Ludwigsburg plant. Around 400 jobs at the factory are currently set to be affected by the decision.
Among other components, fuel, oil and air filter systems for automotive original equipment are produced in Ludwigsburg. The company said it will ensure a smooth transition for its customers and suppliers at the affected site and the receiving factories.