Gerlingen (dpa) - The automotive supplier Bosch wants to reduce in view of falling demand for diesel and gasoline cars in the next two years, a good 1600 jobs in Baden-Württemberg. This was confirmed by a Bosch spokeswoman on request.

This affects jobs in the drive division at the Bosch sites in Feuerbach and Schwieberdingen. In the years 2020 and 2021, around 800 jobs in administration, sales and research will be reduced in this segment. Previously the "Stuttgarter Zeitung" and the "Stuttgarter Nachrichten" had reported.

The spokeswoman explained the dismantling with the fact that the automotive industry is in a state of upheaval. The transformation towards electromobility is "in full swing", and this structural change will be accompanied by a downturn in the economy and a weakening demand for diesel and gasoline cars. The spokeswoman said: "We do everything we can to make change as socially responsible as possible." How exactly the jobs would be reduced, is not yet decided, now there are discussions with employee representatives.

Bosch boss Volkmar Denner had already confirmed in an interview in August that the falling demand for diesel vehicles would lead to a noticeable reduction in jobs. Denner had called for severance packages, early retirement and reducing the number of temporary workers.

The Bosch spokeswoman said now that the company favors a reduction of the weekly working hours to 35 hours. In terms of figures, this corresponds to the capacity of about 500 workplaces.

Bosch currently employs around 410,000 people worldwide, including 140,000 in Germany. According to data from May, around 50,000 jobs worldwide depend on diesel alone.