GM’s European arm, Adam Opel AG, finally announced that, even after preventative efforts, vehicle production at its Bochum assembly plant in Germany will cease in 2016, when the product lifecycle of the current Opel Zafira MPV concludes. There will be no successor to the Zafira at the plant. The move has been an ongoing rumor throughout 2012 .
As a some sort of consolation, the Bochum warehouse will continue to offer jobs beyond 2016 with the potential of being expanded. Opel is also negotiating with its unions to possibly allocate the production of a new component in Bochum. On top of this, Opel has established the group “Bochum Perspective 2022”, whose focus is on site development, to secure existing jobs and create new ones in the City of Bochum and the entire Ruhr region. The “Bochum Perspective 2022” is composed of representatives of local and regional government, along with leaders and innovators from labor, industry, academia and financial institutions located in North Rhine-Westphalia.
This announcement falls directly in line with the “Drive Opel 2022” initiative, where the company hopes to at least break even by mid-decade. But as we argue, Opel and GM should have parted ways some time ago.