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Opel AG: Antwerp Plant

Opel Belgium Invests Another 4 Billion Belgian Francs In Antwerpen Plant

August 23, 1999 - Opel Belgium is to invest an additional 4 billion Belgian francs in its plant in the next few years. It had already been announced earlier that this year Opel Belgium would be investing 2.4 billion Belgian francs in quality-oriented improvements, such as the high-tech paint shop, modernisation of the test area and further refinement of the press shop. The additional 4 billion Belgian francs to be invested will be spread over several years, in the context of Opel's future product programmes. These will necessitate major adjustments, primarily in the plant's body shop.

Thanks to the planned adjustments to existing installations, Opel Belgium will be in a position to assemble two models in one plant under the present shift system.

 

Eddy Geysen, Chairman and Managing Director of Opel Belgium, says: "This investment decision is in line with Opel Belgium's long tradition of having the capacity to produce different models. This experience, the know-how and skills of our employees, and the flexibility agreed in the collective agreement are important elements of this investment dossier, which further consolidates Opel Belgium's position in Antwerp."

New opportunities for suppliers

In addition to this investment, Opel Belgium also wishes to further expand its SILS (Supply In Line Sequence) activities. The positive experience gained with the SILS centre, which currently already supplies the adjacent plant with a number of components such as refrigerant modules and bumpers in production sequence, is encouraging Opel Belgium to expand these activities further. To ensure future flexibility with models, Opel Belgium will continue inviting suppliers to locate their final assembly as near the plant as possible. In this way, the logistical costs per car produced can be reduced, and the quality of the parts supplied can be increased. Without a doubt, this decision will lead to additional jobs in the Antwerp area.

 


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