LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany (May 14, 2009)—BASF is cutting hours for about 1,000 employees at 20 production plants and service units at its Ludwigshafen operation.
The firm said most of the employees will begin working shorter weeks in June and July, and the remainder in August and September. The decision affects employees primarily at plants that make pigments, intermediates, petrochemicals and inorganics, the company.
BASF said normal hours could resume at any time should demand pick up. About 5,300 of its employees are working shorter hours at 19 sites throughout Europe.