News of January 16, 2002
Production Starts Up At New Opel Facility In Rüsselsheim
Investment totals nearly three-quarters of a billion Euro
Rüsselsheim - Production at Opel´s new facility in Rüsselsheim, currently the most modern passenger car plant in the world and the site where the newly developed Vectra is being built, got off to a good start on Monday. Opel has invested some three-quarters of a billion Euro in the new facility which, following completion of its final expansion phase, will have the capacity to produce 270,000 units of up to four different models annually in a three-shift, flexible line system.
Current plans call for a gradual increase in production rates on a two-shift schedule in 2002 with a goal of achieving the highest quality possible rather than the highest volumes, noted Plant Director Arno Wiedenroth. "We´ve set the bar higher then ever before for a car coming out of Rüsselsheim," he said.
Early in 2003 and in the fall next year, respectively, the Vectra Signum - an entirely new concept in automobile design - and the Vectra station wagon, will also be built in Rüsselsheim. In addition, the plant will also serve as the assembly site for the Omega´s successor. Until further notice, the current Omega sedan and wagon will be produced at the previously existing plant.
Opel´s chief executive Carl-Peter Forster said the state-of-the art Rüsselsheim plant will set new standards for productivity, quality and versatility. "Here in Rüsselsheim we´ve created the prerequisites needed for the new Vectra to take a leading position in the international marketplace. We will also be securing some 6000 automobile and component manufacturing jobs for the long term at the site where Opel´s car production began," he also said.
(January 7, 2002)