Opel to Build Euro 6 Diesel Engine in Kaiserslautern
“The new production orders are a vital reinforcement of the Kaiserslautern operation in its role as a center for component production within the European Opel/Vauxhall manufacturing network,” said Reinald Hoben, Opel/Vauxhall Vice President Manufacturing Europe.
To be able to achieve its goals, Opel has already announced that the Kaiserslautern plant will switch to a three-shift working schedule, but will also receive new production lines to accommodate the next generation Zafira. New stamping machines and welding installations will be brought to the plant very soon, the company said in a statement.
At this time, the site manufactures multiple components, including engines, pressed sheet metal parts, aluminum hoods, chassis components and sub-assemblies of vehicle bodies and will supply parts to all Opel and Vauxhall assembly plants in the future.
As expected, workers are delighted with the news, as such a decision is actually a step forward for both the local community and the German carmaker.
“Securing engine production, new orders for components and the uncompromising development of the plant as a component center which we have always demanded assures a future for Opel Kaiserslautern," said employee representative of Opel Kaiserslautern Alfred Klingel.