He said the restructuring plan for the defense and space businesses will result in a substantial consolidation of sites across Germany, France, Spain and the U.K., but that job reductions will hit Germany hardest because it is there that “we have considerably more employees than we have in France or any other country in the new Airbus Defense and Space Division.”
In Germany, the group plans to divest its Cassidian headquarters at Unterschleißheim. Airbus DS will be headquartered in Ottobrunn, with 1,000 jobs currently based in Unterschleißheim relocated there. Another 200-300 Unterschleißheim-based employees will move to other southern Germany-based Airbus DS sites. Airbus employees currently working in Bremen for the A400M Integrated Fuselage Assembly (IFA), Cargo Hold System (CHS) and further Cabin & Cargo-related activities will be integrated into Airbus DS by late 2014 as part of the simplification of the group’s legal structure.
In France, EADS will divest its corporate office in Paris and its functions will be redeployed to Suresnes, where the company’s Corporate Technical Office and Innovation Works workforce is based. All divisional Suresnes-based activities and staff will transfer to Elancourt or Les Mureaux as part of the future Airbus DS setup and become the “stronghold” of the group’s defense and space activities.
In Spain, Madrid-area activities at San Severo and Castellena will be moved to Getafe, while the transfer of all Barajas-based activities to Getafe is under review. In the Seville area, the group will transfer activities at San Pablo North to San Pablo South. The transfer of Tablada to San Pablo South also is being studied.
In the U.K., EADS seeks to consolidate activities mainly around three major sites — Stevenage, Portsmouth and Newport — to maintain proximity to key customers. Functions at smaller sites will be relocated to one of the three major sites.