BERLIN -- Stellantis, owner of Opel, is considering splitting off the German automaker's largest plant and a second plant, which is shutting down temporarily next week due to chip shortages.
The two plants, located in Russelsheim near Frankfurt and Eisenach in central Germany, would no longer be part of Opel Automobile but would remain linked to Stellantis, a company spokesperson said on Thursday.
Talks are underway with unions about the potential plan.
General Motors sold Opel in 2017 to PSA Group in a $2.3 billion transaction. PSA this year merged with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and renamed the combined company Stellantis.
"The advantages associated with this more efficient and flexible organization should contribute to securing jobs in the long-term," the spokesperson told Reuters.