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Opel set to close production plant in Germany


Opel set to close production plant in Germany

Opel’s production plant at Bochum in Germany is set to stop production in three years’ time. The loss-making German arm of General Motors will end making cars there in 2016 but pledged to keep it running as a parts distribution centre employing up to 600 people.

The company’s board announced the decision to the plant’s 3,000 workers at a meeting. Management said it had made rigorous efforts to rescue car making at the plant but with the decline in the European car market and overcapacity they had come to nothing.

A drop in demand for the Zafira model which is made at Bochum has already hit the plant with management and workers in talks over cutting production by about half.