Volvo Car in Ghent to increase production


Several hundred temporary contracts are on offer in Volvo Car Gent to handle the extra units a year contracted by the Swedish car giant

250,000 cars a years

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo is increasing the production in its Ghent factory by 16,000 units a year, which will add 15 shifts. That translates to 100 new workers on temporary contracts.

Volvo took on 350 temporary workers over the summer months, and the 15 new shifts will be handled until December by the existing crew, with production operating seven days a week. Some vacation days have also been carried over to 2017 to allow the factory to continue producing this year. In 2017, 100 additional temporary workers will be hired, which will put an end to weekend work.

The new production target brings the Ghent factory’s production above 250,000 vehicles for the sixth year in a row, meaning the plant will not have to call upon the government’s system of economic unemployment. That system covers workers who are laid off temporarily when there is not enough work for them.

“There’s going to be a lot of overtime,” said Managing director Eric Van Landeghem. “Workers have decided that will be compensated by additional vacation days in lieu, rather than overtime.”

Photo courtesy Volvo Car Gent

Volvo Ghent

The Ghent assembling unit of the Swedish car and truck manufacturer Volvo is the largest automobile plant in Belgium. A new Volvo factory in China, removal of production lines and a lack of innovation investments have recently cast a dark cloud over the plant’s future.
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