Opel Announces Bochum Plant Will Close in 2016
"Despite intensive efforts, there is no way to change the situation. The main reasons are the dramatic decline on Europe's automobile market and huge overcapacities in the entire European auto industry,” the carmaker’s statement reads.
Some of those 3,000 jobs could be retained. Opel says that it might make parts there and that the warehouse there will be kept in operation, though this sounds more like an effort keep the syndicate happy.
But Bochum’s death could be good news for other factories, like the Ellesmere Port plant in the UK, or the Polish factory in Gliwice Tychy, which might pick up the slack.
“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.