We hear from Inautonews that tooling and other equipment used in Opel‘s plant in Bochum, Germany will be auctioned due to the impending closure of the plant. Included in the auction are a fire station, cafeteria and health care ward.
Canadian auction house Maynards Industries will be handling the assets, with the auction beginning on November 20, according to Maynards European managing director Andreas Matuszczak. Opel’s plant closure is to cope with the automaker’s current excess capacity and its desire to return itself to profitability, especially considering labor costs are huge in Germany.
Some of the plant’s 50 presses have been around for more than 50 years, having been responsible for building Opel’s most historic cars. Additionally, 805 robots from the body shop will be sold to the highest bidder; however, the assembly line will instead stay with Opel and shipped to other Opel locations.
The last vehicle goes down the Bochum assembly line on December 12, 2014, several weeks after the auction begins.