GM bearer of glad tidings for Saab plant

Saab's factory in Trollhättan is one of four locations selected by General Motors for the production of the next generation of compact cars.

The decision means that production is certain to continue beyond 2010, according to Metalworkers’ Union spokesman Paul Åkerlund.

The new compact cars will also be manufactured in Bochum in Germany, Gliwice in Poland and Ellesmere Port in Britain.

General Motors’ Antwerp plant will not be involved in the production of the new Astra models. Staff at the Belgian facility are hopeful that another form of production can be found to avoid the plant’s closure.

“We are very pleased with the decision. There could be around 750,000 cars using the new Delta platform and we hope to produce around 100,000 cars in Trollhättan after 2010,” said Paul Åkerlund.

The union chairman is critical of how the leadership of GM has dealt with the issue of localization.

The GM union has been strongly opposed to the closure of any of the five plants that were under consideration for the production of compact cars.