Report: Carmaker TPCA to let go some 500 employees
The Kolín-based automobile manufacturer TPCA (a joint-venture of Toyota, Peugeot, and Citroen) will lay-off some 500 agency-hired staff. The news was confirmed on Wednesday by company spokesman Radek Kňava. The reason for the reduction, are fewer models to be produced in 2015 than originally projected: some 220,000 vehicles. Layoffs should not affect regular employees.
Not all employees on the third shift will be let go: some will bolster the two remaining ones on the assembly line. To run two shifts, TPCA only needs 3,200 workers – not the 3,700 it has now. Work on the two remaining shifts will also be sped up: as its stands, according to iHned, currently one car comes off the assembly line every 65 seconds; the firm is aiming to speed up the time to 58. Regarding workers who will be let go? TPCA spokesman Radek Kňava told iHned the company was working to try and find other automobile industry jobs for those affected, areas where, he stressed those with TPCA experience would be highly welcomed.
TPCA built its first car at its Ovčary near Kolín plant in February 2005. Its millionth car rolled off the assembly line on December 1, 2008.