Mitsubishi Motors to sell Western Europe Netherlands car plant for €1($1.23): Stipulations to retain all 1500 employees
Japanese automakers Mitsubishi Motors is selling their Netherlands car plant lock, stock and barrel all for the price of €1 to busmakers VDL. The price may be ludicrous but this is being done with the sole intention to safeguard the jobs of their NedCar 1500 employees who would otherwise have had to fend for themselves. One of the terms of sale is that VDL will have to retain all Mitsubishi Motors’ employees as the plant winds up production activities at the end of this year.
This plant used to manufacturer Colt subcompact and Outlander SUV but with demand on the downswing all across Europe, the automaker has decided to sell to VDL. VDL originally into bus building is now branching into production of small cars and had earlier narrowed down to using the BMW facilities.
Sale of the Netherlands plant will enable Mitsubishi Motors to concentrate on emerging markets where growth is guaranteed unlike in developed countries across the globe which is seeing a steady stagnation. Mitsubishi Motors have set up new production activities in Indonesia and Thailand and are gearing up to increase production in Brazil and China. Euro Zone debt crisis and depleting customers’ demands are making it difficult for a number of automakers besides Mitsubishi Motors to stay ahead. Mitsubishi Motors sales across Europe have slipped drastically since the past one year.
News release: Notice regarding conclusion of a principal agreement on share transfer of the European subsidiary production site
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today it has signed a principal agreement regarding the share transfer of its subsidiary European production site Netherlands Car B.V. (NedCar; Born, the Netherlands, wholly-owned subsidiary of MMC group) with VDL Groep B.V. (VDL; Eindhoven, the Netherlands). Based on this agreement, MMC will hereafter further proceed with the negotiations with VDL to reach a final contract with the company on the transferring of NedCar shares.
1. Reasons for the share transfer
As previously announced on February 6, 2012, to respond to the wildly fluctuating operating environment which automobile manufacturers currently face, MMC reviewed its global production operation structure and accordingly has made a decision not to allocate a new model to be produced at NedCar from 2013 and beyond. Since then, MMC had carried out discussions with the related parties to explore the possibility of the future continuation of NedCar while making it a top priority to assure the employment of its entire employees. As a result, MMC has reached a principal agreement with VDL on the share transfer.