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Opel may move production of Astra from Germany to Poland

Opel is considering shifting some production of its Astra compact car to Poland from one of its plants in Germany, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, citing source privy to the works council and labor unions. According to the report, Opel is planning to shift an annual production of 10,000 Astra cars from its Ruesselsheim factory in Germany to Gliwice site in southern Poland.

Opel currently builds 30,000 Astra cars annually, as well as the Insignia mid-sized model, Ruesselsheim. With the transfer, Opel would effectively reduce the capacity of the Ruesselsheim plant to 20,000 cars annually. Opel is under heavy pressure from parent General Motors Co. to reduce costs and excess capacity to cope with falling sales and massive losses in Europe.

GM’s European units, which consist of the Opel and Vauxhall brands, posted $747 million in losses before interest and tax in 2011. In the first quarter, Opel/Vauxhall car sales dipped 15.8 percent to 227,590 in the countries that are members of the European Union and the European Free Trade Association, according to industry body ACEA.

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Fiat to shift production to the US, Poland and Serbia, if Italy plans fail

The countries that would benefit if the uncooperative unions in Italy ruin Fiat S.p.A.’s plans to expand production volumes are the US, Poland and Serbia. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said that he will consider other production locations if he fails to negotiate work rules that are more efficient for Fiat’s Italian assembly plants.

Marchionne told analysts on October 21 that its vehicles that are intended for western Europe need a production facility and that it has other plants that could replace it. Last April, Fiat revealed a new plan to expand car production in Italy from 650,000 units in 2009 to 1.4 million units in 2014.

However, Marchionne seeks support from the union to increase the efficiency of its production. This entails an 18-shift workweek instead of the 10-shift week that it currently has.

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Fiat will get full ownership of Polish diesel engine plant from GM

Fiat S.p.A.'s powertrain division will take full ownership of a joint Fiat-General Motors Co. manufacturing venture that builds diesel engines in Poland.

The factory is called Fiat-GM Powertrain Polska and is located in Bielsko-Biala about 350km south of Warsaw. Having full control will mean that Fiat will be able to make better use of this factory's capacity. 

One of Fiat's plans for the plant is to start building a two-cylinder 900cc gasoline engine, which will debut later this year on the Fiat 500 minicar.

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