The PSA Peugeot Citroen car plant in Trnava celebrates five years in Slovakia this month, but celebrations have been stifled as the company announced its intention to shut down production for 9 days.
Even though the Trnava plant is the company’s most modern, producing 187,000 cars last year, the management has opted to shut down production at the plant between 28 October and 4 November and then again from 14 to 18 November over fears about the economic situation in Europe and the future of the automotive sector.
During the production outage, the plant’s 3,000 or so employees will either receive training or do alternative work so that their wages are not affected at least. The management still look set to go ahead with the recruitment of another 800 employees, though, as part of its plans to launch production of a third model.
Production at the plant was also held up in September for over a week due to a lack of essential spare parts from its foreign supplier.