German car parts maker Bosch says job cuts 'inevitable'
Friday, 15 February 2013
FRANKFURT: Bosch, the German car parts maker, believes it will have to cut jobs in response to stagnating business in Europe, the group's chief executive said in a magazine interview on Friday.
"We won't be able to avoid cutting jobs in some areas," CEO Volkmar Denner told the weekly Manager Magazin.
"If our analysis is correct, the markets in Europe are going to stagnate for a number of years," he said. But Bosch had to be prepared "for business to be even a little worse."
Denner said Bosch expected to have to increase the productivity of its plants by three-to-five percent annually but that sales would not rise as fast due to the sluggishness of the European economy.
Last year, Bosch achieved an operating margin -- which measures earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) as a proportion of sales -- of just 2.0 percent, much lower than rivals Continental and Schaeffler.
The group's long-term target is 8.0 percent. (AFP)