Opel today is celebrating the opening of a new high-speed Milling Center near its headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany. The new facility, which represents a five million euro investment from Opel and General Motors, will be where all future Opel design studies and concept cars will be built.
High speed milling can reduce the development time of high speed vehicles by a significant amount. The specialized five-axis milling machines are able to produce design models in various sizes and scales in a short amount of time and can be operated using various materials such as aluminum, Plexiglas and plastic.
“Outstanding design is part of Opel’s brand essence. We are investing in latest technologies to keep it that way. It will give us the opportunity to realize our creative ideas even quicker, more precise and more focused,” Opel boss Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann said during a special opening ceremony at the Milling Center.
The Milling Center is a large part of Opel’s plan to introduce a total of 27 new models and 17 new engines between 2014 and 2018 and should pave the way for future Opel design studies to be brought to market. The next major step in this product offensive will be when Opel pulls the wraps off the next-generation Astra at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The new Milling Center is a further step in Opel’s large-scale product offensive with 27 new models and 17 new engines being brought to market between 2014 and 2018. The next highlight will be the new Astra that will celebrate its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.