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Opel decides to make new Astra in Poland and UK


2012-05-18



Opel/Vauxhall on 17 May confirmed that its factory in Gliwice (Slaskie voivodship) will be one of two plants responsible for production of its next-generation Astra compact car model, starting in 2015.

In a statement, the group said the Gliwice decision was motivated by the Polish plant’s flexibility and competitiveness, noting that the factory has built “outstanding quality at very competitive cost levels for Opel/Vauxhall” since its foundation in 1998.

Opel/Vauxhall intends to invest €300m in the two facilities (the other is Ellesmere Port, UK) to upgrade them to the latest manufacturing standards and prepare for production of the new Astra. Both are expected to run profitably at full capacity under a three-shift schedule after the car is launched for production in 2015. Significantly, the group noted it was its objective to increase local content for the Astra, which will mean new jobs at local suppliers.



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