Parts are missing: Opel stops production in Eisenach for months

Rüsselsheim / Eisenach (dpa) – Opel wants to close a complete plant in Germany due to a lack of supplier parts not only on a daily or weekly basis, but at least until the end of the year.

The decision caused unrest and outrage in the workforce of the affected Opel plant in Eisenach, but also at IG Metall. “It’s an unbelievable process in terms of form, style and content,” said the IG Metall district manager in the middle, Jörg Köhlinger, of the German Press Agency in Erfurt.

“I don’t know any other automobile manufacturer at the moment who has announced short-time work until next year due to missing parts, like Opel, ”says Köhlinger. The trade unionist asked whether the construction of the Grandland model might be stopped in Eisenach, but would continue in Sochaux, France. “Delivery bottlenecks must not only be at the expense of Eisenach.”

Production stop also at Ford

Köhlinger pointed out that the ongoing supply crisis for electronic components such as microchips is also affecting others Causes problems for automakers. Volkswagen had only reported this week about renewed production downtimes and short-time work at the Wolfsburg headquarters. Restrictions would drag on well into October. The car manufacturer Ford announced that it had to stop production for the Fiesta model in its Cologne plant until 31 due to semiconductor bottlenecks. Extend October.

Thuringia’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Wolfgang Tiefensee (SPD), spoke of a bitter decision and insisted that the Stellantis Group keep commitments for the Eisenach plant. After all, the car plant that opened after reunification and its suppliers in the region are among the most important industrial employers in Thuringia.

What exactly did Opel decide? The Eisenach plant, which currently employs around 1300 people, is to be closed from next week until the end of the year. At first, the car manufacturer did not want to give a specific date for the restart in Thuringia. “Short-time work is planned for employees in order to make the measure socially acceptable,” said a company spokesman.

“The automotive industry is in an exceptional situation”

the ongoing pandemic and a global shortage of semiconductors in an exceptional situation. In this demanding and uncertain situation, Stellantis is planning to make adjustments to production », said the spokesman for the manufacturer belonging to the European conglomerate Stellantis, justifying the move. At the beginning 2022 the production of the SUV Grandland in Eisenach should start again, provided the supply chains allow it.

Köhlinger said: “The agreement of short-time work is subject to co-determination. So far, however, the topic has not even been addressed by the works council. ” Short-time work is only possible if it is unavoidable. That would not apply if electronic components were only distributed differently between the plants. At a works meeting on Tuesday, the current decision was not even an issue.

Thuringia’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Tiefensee, said: “I expect Stellantis to promise to resume production at the beginning of next year and that To further develop the plant in a future-proof manner. ” It is positive that Stellantis wants to increase the short-time work allowance in Eisenach to 90 percent. Trade unionist Köhlinger also referred to a future collective agreement between Opel and IG Metall, which envisages the utilization of the Eisenach plant.

In Eisenach there was a temporary production stop in August due to missing parts. At that time, according to the company, it was electronic components from a supplier in Malaysia.

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