Kaiserslautern. Facts and Figures
|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|
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