Opel has reached a milestone at its Kaiserslautern facility. The brand marked 50 years of manufacturing at the facility with a special open house event where over 15,000 people came to enjoy the festivities.
“The Kaiserslautern plant is a center of component production and is a key factor in the Opel product offensive which will see 29 new models being launched by 2020. Therefore, as previously announced, we will continue to invest here,” said Opel Group CFO Michael Lohscheller.
The 15,000 guests had a rare opportunity to have a look behind the scenes at the plant’s operations, and in the process, help understand why the facility has been a backbone of the brand for 50 years. Opel also held an apprentice workshop and provided younger visitors with career opportunities at the plant.
Opel has brought some of its vintage sheetmetal for the occasion, celebrating some of the many nameplates Kaiserslautern has churned out over the years.
Looking towards the future, Opel will continue to invest in the facility, most recently finishing up a €130 million investment for new components to keep the plant state-of-the-art and competitive.
To date, over nine million engines have been made in Kaiserslautern along with around 19 million axles and roughly 39 million seat structures. Amongst others, the plant in Kaiserslautern builds the latest generation 2.0-liter diesel engines and most of the bodywork components for the new Opel Astra.