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Opel Forum in Ruesselsheim officially open

Opel Forum in Ruesselsheim officially open  
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on 05/08/2006

Source: Opel

The newly designed Opel Forum is open. Opel Managing Director Hans Demant and Ruesselsheim town councillor Jo Dreiseitel officially opened the facilities at the train station square in Ruesselsheim.


Beginning in January, the historic production and administration buildings at the main entrance have undergone extensive renovation and modernization. From now on, the refurbished buildings will be home to Adam’s Bistro, the Opel Shop, as well as frequently updated exhibitions, model presentations and a retrospective look at the brand’s history. It will also be the starting point for the daily plant tours. The visitors’ center was previously located next to the Adam Opel House on Friedrich-Lutzmann-Ring, in the building now occupied by the new European Design Center.

The Opel Forum is part of a redevelopment concept for the Ruesselsheim town center, which also includes the redesigning of the train station and its square. In the fall, company health insurer BKK Aktiv will also move its administrative department and customer center into this building. “This new forum right in the heart of the town further strengthens our ties with Ruesselsheim,” said Hans Demant.


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The new visitors’ center provides an exhibition area covering around 700 square meters. It will showcase not only current vehicle models, but also the historical development of the automaker in Ruesselsheim. Along with notable historic models like the 5/12 hp Torpedo from 1912 and the Manta A on display now, the exhibition includes a timeline highlighting the most important turning points in the company’s history.

Besides the exhibition facilities, the Opel Forum offers two modern, well-equipped conference rooms, each covering 250 square meters, which can be used by external companies. The facilities in this historic building are completed by the Opel Shop, offering a wide selection of Opel brand items, and Adam’s Bistro, which serves as a meeting point and offers beverages and light meals. The Opel Forum is open weekdays from

6.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. The Opel Shop opens at 8.30 a.m., and also closes at 6.00 p.m.

The history of plant tours goes back to 1929, while the presentation of permanent exhibits dates back 75 years, with the first exhibition space being opened on this site in 1931. Up until April 1999, the tours began at the main entrance. With the company’s main offices moving to the Adam Opel House, and the construction of the Opel Live building, the starting point for the production facilities tour was moved to the Friedrich-Lutzmann-Ring. Now the tours have returned to their original historic spot. Up to seven tours are offered daily, with two tours at 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. available for drop-in visitors. Groups are advised to book in advance, either by telephone on +49 (0)6142-765600, or at www.opel.de. Each year around 50,000 visitors take part in the tour, looking behind the scenes at one of the most modern automotive plants in the world.



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