Siemens Gamesa, the wind turbine arm of Siemens Energy, has announced plans to reduce its workforce by 15%, equating to 4,100 jobs, Reuters has reported.

The information was disclosed in an internal staff letter from Siemens Gamesa CEO Jochen Eickholt, which stated: “Our current situation demands adjustments that go beyond organisational changes.

“We have to adapt to lower business volumes, reduced activity in non-core markets and a streamlined portfolio.”

The company spokesperson stated that the exact number of jobs affected would be confirmed after consultations with stakeholders are completed.

Siemens Energy declined to provide further comments at this stage. The news of the job cuts follows recent announcements by Siemens Energy regarding significant restructuring at Siemens Gamesa, which had already indicated potential staff reductions.

Eickholt emphasised the intention to maintain the overall size of Siemens Gamesa’s workforce by reallocating positions and increasing recruitment in other areas of the business.

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The strategy was previously mentioned by Siemens Energy CEO Christian Bruch.

Eickholt added: “The leadership team and I are aware that today’s announcement is difficult, especially considering the challenges you’ve been facing over this past year.”

“But I want to underscore that our wind business, including Onshore, has a future.”

In May 2024 Eickholt announced that he would be stepping down as CEO in July, amidst the ongoing changes, passing leadership to Siemens Energy global functions head Vinod Philip.

The restructuring initiative includes a strategic pivot towards onshore wind operations in regions with stable regulatory frameworks, with a particular focus on Europe and the US.

The aim is to enhance profitability and better meet market requirements. Siemens Energy has initiated the sale of its Indian wind turbine business, a subsidiary of Siemens Gamesa, as part of this strategic move.