Opel's factory located in Gliwice will produce the new Opel Astra V in 2015. Andrzej Korpak, the head of Opel's Gliwice unit, said that the factory would construct a new production hall for the manufacturing of the Astra V model.
The facility will assemble close to 120,000 cars in 2013, down 5 percent from the 125,300 it produced in 2012, Andrzej Korpak said. However, the plant expects a significant production growth in 2015.
The facility will see increased production next year, once the German plant in Bochum has been closed and the assembly of Astra IV hatchback has been moved to Gliwice.
"Despite the drop in production I believe we will manage to safely get through the European automotive industry downturn. We do not lay off employees, although we have 300 too many in relation to our current needs. They are being delegated to other General Motors plants in Europe," Mr Korpak said.
Currently, the Gliwice plant employs some 3,000 workers. Its annual capacity is 207,000 cars. In 2011, before the motor industry crisis hit the plant, it produced some 174,000 vehicles a year.
The Gliwice plant celebrated its 15th anniversary last month. It has assembled some 1.8 million cars so far.
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