MAN to cease Poznan production
MAN is to end bus production at its Poznan site in Poland, where MAN Lion’s City buses and bus chassis are produced. It is to concentrate production of city buses at its plant in Starachowice, also in Poland where it will increase the workforce. The transfer will happen over the coming years up until the end of 2016. This will require an investment in Poland of around €40m, which will be used for a new vehicle generation among other things. The approximate 900 affected employees at the Poznan site are guaranteed a job at the Starachowice factory. Anyone who is unable to move for family related or other reasons will also have the opportunity to apply for an equivalent job in a Volkswagen production plant in the greater Poznan area. MAN will also offer severance packages.
CEO of MAN Truck & Bus AG, Anders Nielsen, stressed that MAN must improve the efficiency of the production network to remain competitive and claimed there is no alternative to this step. He said, ‘By concentrating its city bus production in Starachowice, MAN is responding to weak demand and existing overcapacities. All affected employees can transfer to our Starachowice plant. We will support employees who choose to move by providing attractive mobility bonuses, because we urgently need their expertise.’