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Digitalisation and the securing of future markets require new competences.
With a large-scale transformation programme, this year the Putzmeister Group with its headquarters in Aichtal wants to continue its 60-year company success story and strengthen its worldwide leadership in the concrete construction industry. "Cost pressure, increasing competition from Asia and the digitalisation of the concrete-processing construction industry are challenges that we as a premium provider must face in the future", says Martin Knötgen, Managing Director of Putzmeister Holding, explaining the reason for the worldwide initiative that started this year.
Greater efficiency, customer focus and new future markets
150 dedicated employees in 16 workstreams from 15 countries are working on around 500 minor and major initiatives such as "OneIT", which is about Putzmeister 4.0. Furthermore, the change programme is intended to increase economic efficiency and to focus more on the customer. The programme also provides the necessary framework for investing in future markets. In this regard, there may be new demands on the employees.
"If in future we cannot cover the required competences with the existing staff, new jobs will be created," confirms the CEO. "Should it not be possible to accommodate certain employees internally as required in the course of the change programme, which is set to last for at least five years, it is our declared aim to ensure that all necessary measures are implemented in a socially acceptable manner."
The Putzmeister Group is currently negotiating with the Works Council. "At the present time I cannot comment on the possible number of employees affected who will become part-timers or retire, or who will use up their overtime hours. When we have come to a joint agreement, we will notify our employees, said the company director.