The European unit of US automaker General Motors is scheduled to auction off tooling equipment from its closing factory in Bochum, Germany.

Opel would sell among the items a fire station, cafeteria and health care ward and the move has been dictated by the company’s decision to cease production at the plant in order to cope with excess capacity across the region. GM Europe is also fighting for years to bring back to profit its businesses and closing down a high profile location in Germany – where labor costs are huge – would help it close the book faster.

According to Maynards, the auction company that would deal with the sell-off, the Bochum factory should produce its last vehicle on December 12. The equipment would be auctioned slightly ahead of the planned closer, starting with November 20, said Andreas Matuszczak, Maynards’ European managing director.

The plant has 50 presses, some of them actually being a piece of automotive history (they have half a century or more) and they are all being sold, together with 805 of the robots that worked in the body shop. While the Canada-based auction house also included on the list a complete fire station with vehicles, a cafeteria and a health care ward, the assembly line is not on the menu – it would be stripped and shipped to other Opel locations.

Via Automotive News Europe


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