Opel plans to end car production in Bochum in 2016
Mon, Dec 10 2012
Warehouse to remain in Bochum and probably to be expanded
New component production could be allocated in Bochum
Initiative "Bochum Perspective 2022" to secure existing
and create new jobs
Goal: No forced redundancies before run-out of current
Attractive separation packages
Germany stays backbone and home of Opel
Announcement is part of long-term plan "Drive! 2022"
Ruesselsheim. Adam Opel AG management today informed
its employees that vehicle production is planned to end in
Bochum at the end of the current Zafira lifecycle -
expected in 2016. In June, Opel announced that no
successor to the current Zafira is planned to be allocated
in Bochum in view of the shrinking European car market and
the overcapacities in the automotive industry. Despite
intensive efforts this situation could not be changed.
The warehouse in Bochum will continue to offer jobs beyond
2016 and could be expanded. Additionally, Opel is
negotiating with the employee representatives to allocate a
new component production in Bochum. On top of this, the
working group "Bochum Perspective 2022", which was recently
established by Opel, has the objective to focus on site
development, to secure existing jobs and create new ones in
the City of Bochum and the entire Ruhr region. "Bochum
Perspective 2022" is composed of representatives of local
and regional government, along with leaders and innovators
from labor, industry, academia and financial institutions
located in North Rhine-Westphalia. Opel will support the
initiative financially and personnel-wise.
"Building on the Bochum Perspective 2022, we have a clear
goal for securing a significant number of tariff-bound jobs
at Adam Opel AG. They include positions in our warehouses
and potentially component production. Opel takes its
responsibility seriously and will implement still-necessary
job reductions in the most socially responsible way. The
goal of our negotiations with the works council is to
refrain from forced redundancies before the run-out of the
current Zafira," said Steve Girsky, GM Vice Chairman,
Chairman of the Opel Supervisory Board and Acting President
of GM Europe.
"Germany is our most important market and with about
20,000 employees the backbone and home of our brand. And
this will stay this way in the future," Opel Deputy CEO Dr.
Thomas Sedran said. Opel also has the responsibility for
its independent dealers; in North-Rhine-Westphalia alone
there are 320 Opel dealers who employ about 5,300
This move is part of the company's long term plan "Drive
Opel 2022" which targets break-even results by mid-decade.
Opel plans to increase its revenue and variable profit
significantly by more cost-efficiency, re-focusing its
go-to-market strategy, improving the image of the Opel
brand, strengthening the quality of market share and
entering new markets and segments. From 2012 to 2016, Opel
will launch 23 new models and 13 new engines in total.