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GM Powertrain resumes full production

General Motors Powertrain Magyarország has resumed full production of motors at its plant in Szentgotthárd (W Hungary) after temporarily reducing output in October as a result of a significant drop in orders from European car companies, business daily Világgazdaság reported.

Világgazdaság noted that GM Powertrain, which cut its motor production by 5,500 units in October, continued to assemble motor blocks, cylinder heads, piston rods and main axles in three or four work shifts for car companies in Korea, Mexico and Brazil during the month of October.

MTI reported on October 8 that GM Powertrain had shut down one of its motor-assembly lines as a result of the production cut, placing 150 of its 700 employees on temporary leave.

GM Powertrain is the exclusive supplier of mid-sized motors for GM's European vehicle-assembly plants, Világgazdaság wrote.

The newspaper reported that GM Powertrain manufactured 350,397 motors during the first three quarters of 2008, compared to 434,617 in all of 2007, while the company assembled 487,374 cylinder heads during the first nine months of 2008, compared to 495,780 in 2007. (MTI – Econews)