25 Years of the Eisenach Plant: Opel Celebrates with Open Day
• Huge interest: 8,000 guests visit the ultra-modern vehicle production
• Grand reception: Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow in attendance
• Great demand: Test-drives with the new Opel Grandland X, Crossland X and Insignia
Rüsselsheim/Eisenach. Opel has celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Eisenach plant with an open day and more than 8,000 visitors flocked to the Opel production site in Thuringia. Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller welcomed the numerous famous guests including Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow. “The integration of Opel in Groupe PSA on August 1 resulted in the creation of a new European champion. The production site in Eisenach will continue to play an important role in the sustainable and efficient continuance of our model offensive. The site was and still is a forerunner in high-quality and lean production,” said Lohscheller.
Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow highlighted the important part that Opel has played as an employer and a locomotive for attracting additional companies to the region since production started in 1992. “Opel is just as much part of Eisenach as the Wartburg. The plant is an important economic factor. It is exemplary for the viability of the location and an anchor of stability far beyond the immediate region. Thanks to Opel, the performance of the employees and their willingness to embrace change a tradition-rich automotive location has been filled with new life,” said Ramelow.
Plant Manger Pieter Ruts was happy that so many visitors followed the invitation and gladly accepted the congratulations. “Cars have been built here for 120 years. Every single ADAM and every Corsa built here today, is proof of first-class Eisenach quality.” Bernd Lösche, Chairman of the Works Council agreed: “The employees have always been proud to work here and they put all their energy into their plant. The works council will continue to strive for a secure future for the plant and another 25 years of Opel in Eisenach.”