Frankfurt - A gas explosion at Porsche's
Zuffenhausen plant on Monday has put a halt to its 911 sports
car production for at least 48 hours.
"Assembly of the 911 model line will be idled for at least
two to three days based on preliminary estimates. The daily
production capacity is currently 160 units," the company said in
A spokesperson for Porsche said the company expects it can
recoup the lost production in the course of the year by
negotiating Saturday shifts with labour leaders.
The explosion in the plant's paint shop did not affect other
areas of production, such as the line that assembles the engines
used in all Porsches. As a result, output of Cayenne and
Boxster/Cayman models in Leipzig and Finland, respectively, will
not be affected.
Two employees were taken to hospital with minor injuries due
to the blast, which occurred around 0400 GMT at the polyvinyl
chloride (PVC) thermoplastic gelling oven in the paintshop.
"The amount of damages cannot yet be quantified," Porsche
The paint shop will be replaced in 2013 by a new one with
daily capacity of 170 units, which is to be built at the cost of roughly €200m.