BMW ceases production of cars at VDL Nedcar in Born.
Nedcar in Born, Dutch Limburg, has been producing cars since 1967. The factory started at that time with Daf. Five years later, it passed into Volvo hands. Later, Mitsubishi and the Dutch government also joined the company. Among others, the Daf 33, Volvo 343, Mitsubishi Carisma, Mitsubishi Colt and the Smart ForFour were assembled there.
BMW to end production at Nedcar in 2023
The factory has been assembling Mini badged cars since 2014 – the Hatchback, Cabrio and Countryman. The BMW X1 was added in 2017. But in 2023, BMW will cease its collaboration with the Dutch car factory. All jobs are therefore at risk.
Until two years ago, VDL Nedcar still employed more than 7,000 people, but the number has steadily declined since then. Currently, there are around 5,000 employees still active. They all risk losing their jobs.
Looking for other partners
Management has reportedly been negotiating for some time with potential new partners and in the media, qualifying their interest as “serious and concrete”. But there is still no certainty for the staff. The termination of the contract comes at a difficult time for the automotive industry. It must reinvent itself, especially in Europe, which leads to great uncertainty. The automotive industry faces long lead times. Time is therefore running out, and Nedcar does not want to put the key under the doormat in 2023.