Attack on Opel’s sites in Germany: Opel’s vaunted German Tech Center will lose jobs to PSA in France. The Bochum plant will be closed in 2015. Even Opel’s ancestral seat in Rüsselsheim is endangered. GM is bleeding out Opel’s production base in Germany. This according to a report in Germany’s Spiegel Magazin. Unions suspect GM’s vengeance. Detroit wants to punish Germany for its opposition against GM’s austerity program.
According to the report, the Tech Center will lose the job of developing the next generation Zafira and its engines. This will be the first project that will go to GM’s new partner PSA Peugeot Citroen. It probably won’t be the last. The Zafira job alone will cost several hundred jobs at the tech Center, says Der Spiegel.
White collar jobs at the Rüsselsheim HQ will be done more cheaply in low wage Poland. Another 150 to 200 jobs.
The Opel plant in Bochum will be closed in 2015, heard Der Spiegel. 5,000 jobs.
Moving the production of the Astra from Rüsselsheim to Ellesmere Port and Gliwice will endanger Rüsselsheim, the report says.
Building the Astra in Ellesmere Port will not bring a cost reduction. Production experts calculated that it will cost €220 more than in Germany. Building a car that targets the Eurozone completely in the non-Euro U.K. and in Poland carries a currency risk,