GM Thailand not concerned in US plant closures, layoffs

The plan by Normal Motors to shut 5 North American meeting vegetation subsequent 12 months and lower as much as 15,000 jobs as a part of a significant restructuring programme doesn't contain its operations in Thailand, the Bangkok Submit experiences.

The restructuring plan, which is able to contain vegetation making slow-selling or end-of-line passenger automobile fashions (US customers are gravitating in direction of SUVs and vans) is to assist the largest American carmaker concentrate on autonomous and electrical automobiles. The headcount lower might quantity to as a lot as eight% of GM’s international workforce of 180,000 workers.

In keeping with Sean Poppitt, director of communications for GM Southeast Asia, GM’s Rayong plant in Thailand continues to be a producing hub for Chevrolet pick-up vans and SUVs, plus Duramax diesel engines. “The Rayong plant has 1,900 workers with none affect from the guardian agency’s coverage,” he mentioned.

GM’s Southeast Asia enterprise has been restructured earlier than. The carmaker entered Thailand in January 2000, and later established two factories in Rayong at a value of US$1.four billion – a automobile meeting plant with annual manufacturing capability of 180,000 models, and a powertrain manufacturing facility with annual capability of 120,000 models. Output from Thailand is exported to ASEAN, Oceania, the Center East, and North and Central America.

In February 2015, GM introduced a strategic transformation plan to restructure its Thai operations, and within the course of withdrew itself from the second section of the Thai authorities’s eco-car programme. It noticed 500 job cuts and the discontinuation of Chevy Sonic, Cruze and Captiva manufacturing. Immediately, Rayong makes the Colorado pick-up truck and its sister Trailblazer SUV.

On the identical time, GM closed its plant in Bekasi, Indonesia, which produced the Spin MPV. With that, Rayong turned its sole manufacturing hub within the area, alongside a partnership meeting plant in Vietnam.

Whereas not within the place to problem Thailand’s market leaders, Chevrolet’s Thai gross sales are larger in comparison with final 12 months. Within the first 10 months of 2018, the model offered 15,444 models, up eight.2% year-on-year. The rebound began in 2017, when gross sales grew for the primary time in 5 years (18,772 models, up 25.7%). The corporate is finding out the feasibility of launching a brand new Chevrolet SUV in Thailand subsequent 12 months, the Submit report mentions.

In Malaysia, GM is but to announce its new native Chevrolet companion, after Naza Quest ceased to be the model’s distributor from November 15. “Chevrolet is right here to remain in Malaysia and we will likely be asserting our new distributor companion as quickly as attainable,” GM Southeast Asia normal director Vanchana Unakul mentioned final month.

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