Zeg het is niet zo. Sad news for workers at Opel’s Antwerp, Belgium assembly plant: General Motors announced the plant will be shutting down at the end of this year due to the the company’s inability to find viable bidders for the plant by the September 30th deadline.
Opel’s official statement reads:
“None of the potential investors was able to come forward with a sustainable business concept for the plant. The process to search an industrial investor interested in continuing operations has come to an end.”
The major potential investors for the plant were an American investor as well as a Chinese Automaker according to plant union rep. Luc van Grinsven.
The plant’s closing also marks the closing of the first European plant since 2006 due to European government offering subsides for new car purchases and not letting any of automakers lay off workers. Even though the plant is winding down operations, GM claims it will still be taking offers. The plant employs 2,600 workers and assembles the Opel Astra.
Source: Automotive News