Russelsheim, Germany - Opel has announced plans to shift some 2000 jobs at its historic Russelsheim research and development hub to French engineering group Segula Technologies, in a bid to avoid job cuts under a major turnaround plan.
Opel, which was bought by French auto giant PSA last year, said it was discussing a possible "strategic partnership" with Segula "to protect engineering jobs in Ruesselsheim and to overcome the workload decrease from third parties".
Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller said in a statement that the automaker faced a "heavily decreasing" workload at its R&D centre, as engineers finish off the last contracts for former owner General Motors.
The proposed deal still needs to be approved by Opel's powerful works council.
If it goes ahead, Segula intends to take over "up to 2,000" of Opel's 7,000 development centre employees as well as several buildings at the Ruesselsheim site just outside Frankfurt.