FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Siemens <SIEGN.DE> Energy, the engineering group’s power unit it will spin off in September, could have to make layoffs, its chief executive told a German newspaper.
“We always have to review all sites and assess whether adjustments are needed,” Christian Bruch told Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “I am a friend of open communication: I cannot rule out staff reduction at the moment. That applies everywhere around the world.”
Siemens Energy employs about 91,000 and makes annual sales of around 28.8 billion euros ($32.9 billion).
Siemens will initially give 55% of its power business to shareholders, but wants to reduce its remaining position within 12 to 18 months of the share listing on Sept. 28.
(Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Mark Potter)