Usually, at this time of the year, Germany would already be closed down, to reopen some time after the first week of January. Not so this time around. The calendar punishes Deutschland by putting the 25th and 26th of December and 1st of January – all legal holidays – on weekends. Ouch. And if you are working at a German car manufacturer, you might be asked to come in “between the holidays” to make some badly needed cars.
Associated Press reports that “Germany’s leading carmakers are making the rare move of cutting holidays short as 2010 draws to a close to meet a surge in demand that is contributing to the nation’s strong economic rebound from the recession.”
The German car market dropped more than 25 percent in first eleven months of the year, but the VDA automakers’ association expects car production for the year to come in at 5.5 million vehicles, 11 percent more than last year. Why? Exports. Especially to China.
- The BMW factory in Leipzig will remain open between Christmas and New Year.
- Daimler is reducing its year-end closure times: “On average, the closures are about one week shorter this year in all of our factories than they were in the past two years of the crisis,” said Daimler spokeswoman Dominique Albrecht.
- Volkswagen will keep factories open through Dec. 23, last year most closed for the year on Dec. 19.