Opel welcomed an American visitor into its Eisenach assembly plant, responsible for the production of the Opel Corsa and Adam. U.S. ambassador to Germany, John B. Emerson, paid a visit to the assembly plant for a tour, courtesy of plant director, Elvira Tölkes.
The tour was seen as an opportunity to showcase Opel’s modern manufacturing process, and highlighted the brand’s commitment to Germany not only in the present, but in the future.
“Opel is the only manufacturer that not only developed two small cars in Germany, but that also builds them here. This gives our plant excellent prospects for the future and is also an acknowledgement of the employees who set standards in quality and productivity here in Eisenach,” said Tölkes.
Emerson walked away impressed by the flexibility of the plant, and expressed his gratitude towards General Motors’ commitment to the European brand.
“I am pleased that General Motors is fully committed to Opel. This is also underscored by the strong economic ties between the USA and Germany. Here in the Eisenach plant, tradition and innovation come together. I was particularly impressed with the seemingly countless possibilities to individualize the vehicles – something like that is only successful with qualified employees and highest precision,” said Emerson
Due to high demand at the Eisenach plant, a third shift is being added mid-year, which will create an additional 400 jobs. The plant also plays a vital role in Opel’s continued turnaround plan, which details a profit by the year 2016, and expanded European market share by eight percent in 2022.
The Eisenach plant will manufacture many components, and vehicles, in the upcoming onslaught of Opel product. The brand plans to introduce 27 new vehicles and 17 new engines by 2018.