The CEO gives Opel reassurance and hope again

The CEO gives Opel reassurance and hope again


For a while, Opel’s future looked bleak after Stellantis reported that it wanted to separate Rüsselsheim and Eisenach factories. Be Hochgeschurtz, CEO of Opel, now gives the manufacturer certainty and hope.

“We maintain all our factories. Rüsselsheim, Eisenach and Kaiserslautern facilities are available and will remain our factories in Germany,” Hochgeschurtz told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)However, the ‘competition’ of production areas must be re-evaluated, according to Opel’s brand new boss.

Mechanical skills

According to its boss, the German automotive company is fully prepared for the future, though much will change. Filling of current 15,000 jobs, for example. “We will need fewer jobs and mechanical skills in the future, but more with chemistry and programming.” Hochgeschurtz undoubtedly refers to the transition to electricity.

Union fears ‘at the end of Opel brand’

However, the German station in Eisenach is currently suspended due to chip shortages. Opel recently announced that it would not reopen the factory in 2021. “Our plan is to resume production early next year, if conditions allow,” Hochgeschurtz tries to reassure his workers.

Morocco

However, things are changing for Opel. For example, Stellantis reportedly announced that part of the development department is moving to Morocco. The group gives its staff the opportunity to come together, otherwise ask elsewhere. The group has at least 3000 vacancies for Moroccan operations, FAZ reported earlier.

Opel was acquired by PSA in 2017, having been owned by American General Motors since the 1920s. PSA merged with FCA earlier this year to form Stellantis. The automotive group also owns Fiat, Maserati, DS, Jeep, Peugeot, Citroën, Lancia, Alfa Romeo and Abarth brands, while Chrysler, Dodge and Ram are also in the United States.

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