As reported by the local government in Gliwice, Stellantis’ plans expect about 50,000 people to leave Gliwice next year. new delivery trucks, A modern plant will create jobs for every 2,000 employees of the current Opel Manufacturing Poland plant.
At the expanded Opel plant in Gliwice, instead of the Astra manufactured there, the last model of which rolled off the assembly line on November 30, from April 2022, it will be mass-produced – in various versions, also for the British market – Big trucks (the so-called LCV): Peugeot Boxer, Citroen Jumper, Fiat Ducato and Opel Movano.
“This is one of the most important moments in the history of our company. To meet the needs of the new project, we have expanded the factory, which covers about 180,000 square meters, by another 75,000 square meters. The investment cost is about 300 million euros, which is approximately 1.4 billion EUR. PLN”- he referred to the head of Opel Manufacturing Poland and PSA Manufacturing Poland (from January 3, 2022, Stellantis Gliwice) citing the city, Andrzej Korpak.
Serial production of large trucks of the Stellantis brands will begin on April 4, 2022. This pioneering change in profile makes us jointly responsible for this important market segment for Stellantis ”- emphasized Korbach.
A comprehensive plant in which among others the new bodywork and assembly divisions as well as the paint shop will produce large trucks of three lengths (L2, L3 and L4) and two heights (H2 and H3). At first, these will usually be utility trucks in different versions. Later, passenger variants and variants intended for private construction, and for the factory, will also be implemented.
First, production will be done in one shift. As of August 2022, a second shift is scheduled to be launched. The third is joining in the fall, at the beginning of October-November, and therefore it is planned to increase employment by another 500 people. In 2023, about 2.5 thousand people will work in three shifts at Stellantis Gliwice. People, produce 100 thousand. cars a year.
In this regard, the plant has been carrying out preparatory work for months, including tests of machines and devices (including 9 autonomous electric trains, more than 380 robots, 35 mobile platforms in the assembly hall of new equipment and engines), IT and logistics systems. At the same time, the production of vehicles is being tested, which began in August of this year.
Currently kConventional Stellantis trucks, with the exception of Poland, are produced in Italy at the SevelSud plant in Val di Sangro and in Mexico for the American markets. However, Gliwice will be the only place where the electric trucks will be built. Their share in 2025 may reach 70%. Produce. Hybridization of drives has also been planned.
“The transformation of Opel’s production profile so far to large trucks, petrol and electricity, after Stellantis has invested nearly 300 million euros in the expansion of the plant in our city, is a very good forecast for the economy of Gliwice and the entire region,” – commented Gliwice Mayor Adam Neumann.
“The operation of the plant and its many cooperating enterprises has been guaranteed for at least twelve years. Thousands of jobs will be created for the entire population of the conglomerate. It is worth emphasizing the qualitative nature of this change: it is not the end of Gliwice production, but its reconfiguration in accordance with the latest trends in the world automotive market. Newman added.
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