German Vice Chancellor Criticizes GM for Opel Plant Decision image

Germany’s vice chancellor, Philipp Roesler, has criticized GM for its decision to end production at Opel’s plant in the country.

Philipp Roesler said that GM was wrong to keep Opel out of lucrative overseas markets. The remark came after GM announced on Monday, December 10th, that it would end vehicle production at Opel’s plant in Bochum in 2016, but the production of components will continue. The Bochum plant is one of Opel’s four plants in Germany.

The Vice Chancellor also said that GM hides itself behind the shrinking European demand excuse, when it didn’t even give the German automaker a chance in important markets such as China, India or Brazil, were Opel would have managed to sell most of its cars.

The Bochum plant was built in 1962 and it currently has 3,000 employees. The plant, which manufactures the Opel Zafira model, has been long targeted to be closed as GM tries to deal with surplus capacity in Europe.

“Management announced that there will be no more auto production after 2016,” said works committee chief Rainer Einenkel.

In recent years, Opel has shut a factory in Belgium, a commercial van plant in Portugal and car manufacturing in its Luton, England facility. Last month Dan Akerson announced its workers in Germany he will not sell its loss-making Opel, nor close and leave it.

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Germany’s vice chancellor, Philipp Roesler, has criticized GM for its decision to end production at Opel’s plant in the country.

Philipp Roesler said that GM was wrong to keep Opel out of lucrative overseas markets. The remark came after GM announced on Monday, December 10th, that it would end vehicle production at Opel’s plant in Bochum in 2016, but the production of components will continue. The Bochum plant is one of Opel’s four plants in Germany.

The Vice Chancellor also said that GM hides itself behind the shrinking European demand excuse, when it didn’t even give the German automaker a chance in important markets such as China, India or Brazil, were Opel would have managed to sell most of its cars.

The Bochum plant was built in 1962 and it currently has 3,000 employees. The plant, which manufactures the Opel Zafira model, has been long targeted to be closed as GM tries to deal with surplus capacity in Europe.

“Management announced that there will be no more auto production after 2016,” said works committee chief Rainer Einenkel.

In recent years, Opel has shut a factory in Belgium, a commercial van plant in Portugal and car manufacturing in its Luton, England facility. Last month Dan Akerson announced its workers in Germany he will not sell its loss-making Opel, nor close and leave it.

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  • Custom Rider

    This is not a political issue, it's an economic issue. Germany & France are far too involved with their national Automotive companies and should simply butt-out. Their policy of intervention has also played a huge part of the European over capacity in regards to the auto industry. You are not helping these companies by preventing attrition and intervening in what should be the decision of the Automotive executives to run their companies in a proper manner…and stop whining about whether Opel should be able to sell cars in foreign markets…Opel is a subsidiary of GM and GM sells cars globally. Why aren't more Germans buying Opels ? The answer is very simple…because there is a stigma attached to Opel as it is owned by the Americans. If you want Opel plants to remain open then put your money where your mouth is and buy an Opel. Strong sales does not lead to plant closures.