Opel set to make production in Europe more efficient to secure jobs, plant

Opel is setting a new course to make production in Europe even more efficient: The successor of the extremely successful Mokka X SUV will be made in Eisenach in  2019. The successors of the Corsa and the Adam will be produced in Zaragoza in  2019.

Brian Joss – “The revised allocations will make production considerably more efficient,” said Philip R. Kienle, Vice President Manufacturing at Opel. “The focused allocation of individual cars to a production site enables synergies in assembly and improved logistics coordination. We are taking an important step towards the future.” Dr. Wolfgang Schäfer-Klug, chairman of the general works council, also emphasised the importance of the new allocation. “This decision secures the jobs of the colleagues in both plants while simultaneously creating perspectives. Based on our IG Metall collective agreement, we have succeeded in achieving the long-term utilisation of the plants in Eisenach and Zaragoza with outstanding products.”

The Opel Mokka: to be built in Eisenach in 2019. Picture: Quickpic

Jörg Köhlinger, district manager of the IG Metall trade union, added: “The implementation of the future collective agreement shows how right this agreement was and is. Everybody involved has helped set a course that will secure the future of the sites and jobs while also shaping the future of the Opel sites.”

Mokka X, Corsa and Adam are three of the most popular cars made by the Rüsselsheim-based carmaker. To date, around 670,000 customers have chosen an Opel Mokka or Mokka X. 630,000 units of the Corsa and 225,000 units of the ADAM have been sold.

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