Kaiserslautern. Facts and Figures

Location: Kaiserslautern
Employees: 2,130 (Employees as of 31.12.2015, rounded, active employees)
Products: 2-0-liter diesel engines, bodywork and chassis components for the Opel models ADAM, Astra, Corsa, Meriva, Zafira and Insignia
Total site area : 1,540,000 m²

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At a glance

The Kaiserslautern plant is the central component production hub in Opel/Vauxhall’s European production network.
Apart from the latest generation of 2.0-liter diesel engines, the Kaiserslautern plant is responsible for producing most of the bodywork
components for the European “Car of the Year 2016”, the new Opel Astra.

History of the Kaiserslautern Plant

  • 2016  Jubilee: 50 years of the Kaiserslautern plant
  • 2014  Start of production of the new Euro 6 high-tech 2.0-liter diesel engine. GM CEO Mary Barra announces investments of more than €500 million for the production of a new engine and transmission family for the plants in Rüsselsheim, Kaiserslautern and Tichy.
  • 2013  Production milestone: The one-millionth Bi-Turbo diesel is built. Opel invest around €130 million in the plant, €3.3 million are used to create 56 new workstations that meet the needs of the severely disabled.
  • 2010  Modernization of the body shop
  • 2008  Production of Insignia components such as aluminum hoods, front frames, suspensions and rear axles
  • 2005  Start of new diesel engine production
  • 2004  Production milestone: Opel employees produce the 500,000th aluminum hood for an Opel Signum on September 20.
  • 2003  Certified environmental management system in accordance with ISO14001
  • 2001  Start of production of a new engine family made completely from light alloy
  • 1997  Production milestone: five-millionth engine of the 2. family
  • 1996  Start of production of the first generation direct injection ECOTEC diesel engine (2.0 DI, 2.0 DTI and 2.2 DTI)
  • 1995  The site logistics are revolutionized with the inauguration of the distribution center.
  • 1994  Groundbreaking ceremony for the new DI diesel engine plant
  • 1993  The first power steering “made in Kaiserslautern”
  • 1989  Start of drive shaft production
  • 1981  Start of production of the engine family 2 with 1.8 and 2.0 liters of engine displacement
  • 1980  The first engine is built in the plant on December 10.
  • 1979  Production of engine components commences.
  • 1976  The plant gets the biggest multiple die press in Europe at the time to mark its tenth anniversary (Weight: 650 tons, pressing force 3,600 tons).
  • 1972  The body shop is created with an initial size of 7,600m2. After numerous extensions, its current size has grown to 45,000m2.
  • 1970  Start of production of chassis components such as rear axles. Furthermore, production of seat frames commences.
  • 1966  Plant opening