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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601100&sid=ajeOlYijdC9M

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. plans to scrap a layer of management and keep open all four German factories at its Adam Opel GmbH unit as the U.S. automaker seeks an agreement with workers to cut as many as 9,500 jobs.
Mr. Reilly was the headline on the German news tonight. His speech was in English and mentioned the supremacy of the market. That'll go down like a lead balloon in Germany.

There is a video here showing Mr. Reilly speaking in front of a Hesse backdrop. We also know he has been speaking to the heads of Thuringia, Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. Shades of "know your Gauleiter" from Opel in the 1930s.

The total job cuts are only slightly fewer than the Magna plan. I wonder if this means Antwerp will close? what about Luton?
 

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Mr. Reilly was the headline on the German news tonight. His speech was in English and mentioned the supremacy of the market. That'll go down like a lead balloon in Germany.

There is a video here showing Mr. Reilly speaking in front of a Hesse backdrop. We also know he has been speaking to the heads of Thuringia, Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. Shades of "know your Gauleiter" from Opel in the 1930s.

The total job cuts are only slightly fewer than the Magna plan. I wonder if this means Antwerp will close? what about Luton?
A lead Zeppelin surely...

...and we thought GM would be more sensible than new owners the Germans prefer?
 

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Luton suddenly has a long term future post the current Vivaro model. At one time, prior to GMs collapse, Luton was reported to have been pencilled in to build something instead of / in addition to a van product. Perhaps this is back on the cards again?

Realistically, GM probably has 2.5 plants too many in Europe... two in Germany and half a plant at Zaragosa in Spain.

In the longer term, for GM to work in Europe it has to face down the German Unions and to concentrate upon the development of its most efficient plants which from memory are in the UK (Luton and Ellesmere Port) and Poland (Galdwice[sp?]).

From a strategic perspective, Antwerp makes sense to hold on - its an assembly plant, rather than a production plant and as such can be used to flex up and flex down production as required.

The German plants (or more especially, their workers) have been a millstone around GME's neck. Now isn't the time to tackle that - not whilst the German workers can hold a gun to GME's head. But a useful start would be to relocate GME's Head Office to somewhere that gets it out of the Opel machine... Switzerland perhaps could be an ideal choice.

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A useful start would be to relocate GME's Head Office to somewhere that gets it out of the Opel machine... Switzerland perhaps could be an ideal choice.
*switzer ironometer going "ping" a lot*...

Is General Motors Europe moving its HQ from Zurich to Russelsheim to reflect the greater role for Opel in terms of New GM's European operations? Assumptions underlying that question aren't quite right. GM Europe is effectively being disbanded under a new leaner structure reflecting the brands that GM has left.
http://www.just-auto.com/article.aspx?id=102109
 
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