SOURCE: AutowiredGM finds a solution for Belgium plant
GENERAL MOTORS' plant in Antwerp, which lost the battle to produce the new Astra, will not be closed.
After the run-out of the present Astra, the Belgium plant will build two unspecified models of a new generation vehicle from one of GM's global architectures for the European market.
Based on the current forecast, an annual volume of up to 120,000 units is foreseen.
The exclusivity for European production of Antwerp is envisaged for the full life-cycle of the new product. GM Europe said it will review potential opportunities for additional models, assuming the ongoing competitiveness of the plant.
It said that a prerequisite for a new production program for Antwerp is a competitiveness enhancement. This includes the determination of a future 3-shift-model, which also is dependent on technical capabilities, financially viable options and the detailed work organization. Management and employee representatives will continue to jointly work on viable solutions.
"The significant structural improvements we are aiming for will make it possible to allocate an appropriate production volume to the plant," said GM Europe president Carl-Peter Forster