Stellantis to complete restructuring of Turin factories by mid-January


MILAN (Reuters) – Car maker Stellantis and the unions reached an agreement on Tuesday on a plan to restructure the group’s production in the Italian city of Turin, which will be completed by mid-January, the unions said FIM, UILM, FISMIC, UGLM and AQCFR.

Earlier this month, Stellantis announced that it would move the assembly line from its factory in Grugliasco, near Turin, to the nearby town of Mirafiori in a bid to increase efficiency.

Production at Grugliasco will stop on December 17 and will be transferred to Mirafiori, where it will begin on January 17, the unions said in a joint statement.

It will be concentrated on a single line at Mirafiori for a total of five Maserati brand models expected this year.

Grugliasco’s 1,100 workers and functions will move to Mirafiori by 2024 with no overall impact on jobs in the region.

The restructuring reflects what Stellantis announced earlier this year for Melfi, its largest factory in Italy, as production in the county has been under scrutiny as it costs more than elsewhere in Europe since the group was first formed. of this year by the merger of Fiat Chrysler. and the PSA of France.

Melfi’s two existing lines for Jeep and Fiat models, including hybrid models, will be merged into one improved one, without loss of capacity or jobs.

Mirafiori will keep its other line, where currently produces the electric version of the small Fiat 500 car.

The unions said that from January, Stellantis would double the work teams on this line, in order to increase production of the BEV 500, one of the group’s best-selling electric vehicle models in Europe.

Stellantis declined to comment.

However, a sign that tensions could increase in the future, leftist FIOM, one of Italy’s main metalworking unions, did not sign the deal, claiming that Stellantis had not presented a general plan. for Italy with new investments and new productions to fill the existing capacities.

(Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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