Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

8,369 - 9,219 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 February 2010
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


US car manufacturer General Motors has announced the cut of 8369 out of 48000 jobs at its European Opel plants. An additional 850 partial retirement jobs shall be axed when these workers retire. Opel's capacity needs to be cut by 20%, the company said. This includes the closure of the Belgian plant in Antwerp where 2,606 people are employed and 3900 job cuts in Germany, out of these 1,799 at Bochum. 900 jobs shall be shed in Spain. The works council rejects the plan.

On 9 Febuary 2010, Opel applied to the German federal government for EUR 1.5 billion in credit loans and guarantees. At the same date, GM applied for a total of EUR 1,2 billion in state aid to Great Britain, Spain, Poland and Austria. 


  • 10 February 2010: Financial Times Deutschland


Eurofound (2010), Opel, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 70158, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70158.