By on May 21, 2012

Opel chief Karl-Friedrich Stracke was asked to tell his workers unambiguously whether the Opel plant in Bochum will be closed or remain open. Today, Stracke met with workers in Bochum. He told them that no decision has been made – yet.

The meeting took place after state premier Hannelore Kraft had called on Stracke “to make a clear statement on his plans,” says Reuters. Pressured by Detroit to stem the bloodletting of Opel, and pressured by Northrhine-Westfalia’s highly popular premier, Stracke took the easy way out.

He said that he would stick to the contracts that forbid plant closures or firing through 2014. However, “in the long term, the company has to be put on a solid footing,” Die Welt paraphrased Stracke.

Ever since GM decided to move future Astra production the Ellesmere Port, the Bochum plant is said to be the first GM will close once it can. Maybe workers will receive an answer on June 28. This is when Stracke will present a business-plan to Opel’s supervisory board.

 

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7 Comments on “Asked Whether He Will Close Bochum Plant, Opel Chief Says He Hasn’t Decided Yet...”


  • avatar
    dcars

    It seams obvious, they are moving production of the cars that they build to other plants.

  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    Now that Chinese consumption has slowed, exports may increase.

  • avatar
    challenger2012

    Hugo
    There are many politicians who were rooting for the destruction of GM and Chrysler who now don’t want to be reminded of it. It will be interesting, around November, to see these politicians develop amnesia concerning their efforts to terminate GM and Chrysler.

  • avatar
    alluster

    “He told them that no decision has been made – yet.”

    He meant no decision has been made yet on when to inform the workers!

  • avatar
    challenger2012

    An uncooperative work force that will not address wages and benefits even as their employer is losing money, should not be surprised when that employer pulls up stakes. Why GM can’t reduce its work force or close plants to match the market demand is beyond me? If I were GM, I would look at the overcapacity in Europe, overzealous unions, and unreasonable wages and benefits and then exit Germany, ASAP. To those who think BMW, Audi and MB are immune to the markets i.e. costs and sales price, wait unit the Koreans start going up scale. The Japanese are now paying more attention to the high end cars lines, and if US auto makers ever decide to make quality high end cars, the gravy train in Germany might come to a crashing end. Look at how well Audi has done, when they decided to actually put the time and money to make world class high end cars.

    • 0 avatar
      charly

      The problem with Opel is simply GM. Without it they would be successful. And Opel is loosing money because the way GM keeps its book, change that and they are a money spinner.

      The Koreans need to go upmarket because their wages, and the wages of their Chinese suppliers are skyrocketing. They also have a problem with their homes market. It is physical so small that electric cars almost make sense at the moment. Doubling the capacity of the battery and it is a no-brainer what the average Korean should choice.

      • 0 avatar
        iainthornton

        I don’t think it is – the problem is that no one wants to buy one.

        Opel is to most people a particularly undesirable brand of car. Contrast that to the UK-only Vauxhall which is highly successful offering largely the same cars and it becomes even more obvious.


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