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GM set to close Opel plant in west Germany after 2016

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Opel cars are parked in front of Opel’s plant in the western German city of Bochum on June 8, 2009.

US auto giant, General Motors, has decided to stop car production at a plant of the troubled and loss-making German carmaker, Opel, after 2016.

Head of the Opel works council, Rainer Einenkel, said on Friday that there will be no more auto production at Opel plant in Bochum, situated about 442 kilometers (274 miles) west of Berlin, after then.

Bochum plant, which reportedly employs 3,000 people and currently manufactures Opel Zafira model, would remain in operation until the end of the compact MPV’s production run.

Opel has three other German factories. Its main plant is in Russelsheim and other plants are in Kaiserslautern, western Germany, and Eisenach, central Germany.

Ruesselsheim factory employs a workforce of 13,800, with 3,500 in production, 3,300 in administration and a further 7,000 in engineering.

Kaiserslautern plant, which makes components, employs a workforce of 2,500.

Eisenach plant, which currently produces the Opel Corsa and Opel Adam, has 1,600 employees.


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