Airbus, VW May Open US Plants

Weak dollar has European companies looking overseas
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2007 4:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – The dollar’s continued weakness against the euro has European companies such as Airbus and VW looking to move production to the US, reports Der Spiegel. “We don’t have a choice,” said the CEO of Aribus parent company EADS. If Airbus wins a contract to supply the US Air Force with 180 refueling jets, the company says it might build an assembly plant in Alabama.

VW, too, hopes to reduce the impact of the dollar’s plunge and is scouting for plants in the US. American autoworkers earn $10 less per hour than their Western European counterparts, Der Spiegel notes. VW, which is also looking in Mexico, has experience manufacturing autos in the US. It once operated a plant in Pennsylvania, though it closed in 1987.