Opel/Vauxhall to reduce working hours at two German plants

Article by Anita Panait, on August 24, 2012

Opel/Vauxhall plans to reduce the working hours at two of its four plants in Germany in response to a dive in demand for vehicles in Europe. The European unit of General Motors announced Thursday that it would stop production for 20 days at its main factory in Ruesselsheim and its engine plant in Kaiserslautern between September and the end of the year.

Holger Kimmes, head of personnel at Opel/Vauxhall, remarked that until recently, the decreased production schedules could be offset by implementing corridor shifts and accrued overtime.

Kimmes admitted that short work is the right bridging measure. Opel/Vauxhall disclosed that for manufacturing operations, hours will be cut by short-work shifts or short-work days starting in September while for administrative and service functions, the hour reduction will be implemented in October. The carmaker said that engineering jobs would not be affected by the working hour reduction.

The Ruesselsheim site is Opel's biggest production hub, building the Astra compact and Insignia mid-sized models. Aside from Ruesselsheim and Kaiserslautern, Opel also has production plants in Bochum and Eisenach. GM’s European operations posted $747 million in losses in 2011, as the current economic crisis in the continent continues to affect car sales.

Carmakers having operations in the continent are forced to tackle high fixed costs and excess production capacity, which according to GM, equates to 10 plants. The work-hour reduction plan will affect around half of Opel’s 13,800 employees in Ruesselsheim, according to the company. Opel’s Kaiserslautern factory employs around 2,500 people. Opel workers affected by the cuts will be entitled to subsidies under the German government's short-work program, named Kurzarbeit.

Topics: opel, vauxhall

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


More than three decades ago, the DeLorean DMC-12 was produced by the DeLorean Motor Company. However, production was stopped due to issues within the company. The car itself was decent...
by - October 27, 2016
Tesla is making sure that all models under production will receive the necessary advanced hardware that will allow them to be autonomously driven. The fitment of these advanced hardware to...
by - October 27, 2016
Wondering how fast the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in actual driving? To provide customers a good idea on how fast the 2017 Camaro ZL1 could really get, Chevrolet recently had...
by - October 27, 2016
So, it is official! The new Honda Clarity FCV has the longest verified range of any zero-emissions vehicle currently on the road in the United States. One of the main...
by - October 27, 2016
Many have been anticipating Mercedes-Benz Vans’ newest luxury pickup truck, the X-Class. While Mercedes-Benz has yet to reveal the official production version of the X-Class, it was kind enough to...
by - October 27, 2016