Opel's Polish plant to restart engine production

The Tychy facility launched the production of PSA'a PureTech engines in January 2019. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

Opel's engine factory based in the southern city of Tychy will restart production of car engines on Monday, after a two-month break. The company, which is part of the French PSA Group, has introduced new safety measures to mitigate the coronavirus threat.

The launch date for Opel's other Polish plant, located in the nearby city of Gliwice, is not yet known.

The head of the Tychy plant, Janusz Puzon, said that a strong health protection protocol had been introduced during the downtime, in cooperation with social partners and healthcare professionals.

The Tychy facility launched the production of PSA'a PureTech engines in January 2019 and the investment cost the group EUR 250 mln. The factory's expected capacity will reach 460,000 units a year.

The Tychy plant employs some 600 people while Gliwice's headcount is 1,900. Both factories suspended production in mid-March amid the spreading coronavirus epidemic.