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Lower production forecast for Opel’s Gliwice plant in 2012


Output at Opel’s car plant in Gliwice (Slaskie voivodship) is forecast to drop by about 5% in 2012, as the factory braces for a tough year on the market following a surprisingly strong 2011, Polish Press Agency reported.

Andrzej Korpak, Managing Director at General Motors Manufacturing Poland, told Rzeczpospolita that in the first quarter of 2012 production in Gliwice would be about 10% lower than in the same period a year ago, and that any improvement in the latter part of the year was unlikely to be significant enough to lift this year’s output above 2011 levels.

Mr. Korpak noted that on economic grounds alone, i.e. quality and costs, the Gliwice plant should be able to enjoy better capacity utilisation, but that since the outbreak of the crisis political considerations have become stronger influence in the competition for business between the group’s plants.

In 2011 the Gliwice factory surpassed expectations by putting out 174,000 vehicles, up by 9.4% compared with 2010. The 5% drop in production forecast by GM would translate into just over 165,000 vehicles.

In Q3 2012 the Gliwice plant will launch production of a saloon version of the new-generation Opel Astra IV GTC, the final part of a €500m investment programme inaugurated in 2011. A convertible version will follow a few months afterwards.

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