today without the Trabi there would be no VW plants in Chemnitz and Zwickau – The Trabi heritage uses the eastern economy is still

The Trabi production was scrapped soon after the turn. Nevertheless, the car has left its mark with the thermoset body: Would it not for him, would the economy in the East today worse off, says a researcher.

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Without the "Trabi" the economy would be in the new federal states today worse off, says Joachim Ragnitz, deputy head of the Ifo Institute in Dresden

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Zwickau / Dresden - East Germany continues to benefit expert view still from the previous production of the East German Trabi cars and Wartburg. Carmakers such as VW had settled after the reunification in the former East Germany because there were thanks to the East German car tradition trained professionals, said Joachim Ragnitz, deputy head of the Ifo Institute in Dresden. "The staff was the clincher."

Car plants and suppliers in the east

The production of the Gulf at the Zwickau plant would not exist without the Trabi today probably The production of the Gulf at the Zwickau plant would not exist without the Trabi today probably Source: dpa / Picture Alliance After the end of the GDR VW began in Zwickau and produce in Chemnitz. Opel manufactured from 1992 cars in Eisenach, where previously the second major East German car brand, the Wartburg, had their location. "Based on these works has developed a vast network of suppliers in East Germany", Ragnitz said. The automotive industry belong in Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt now one of the most important industrial sectors.

According to information from the Federal Labor Agency in Saxony hanging about in every workplace in car works more than another in supplier companies. How many people are employed in the industry as a whole is not collected statistically.

As early as 1990, the Polo in Zwickau was built

On Tuesday, the start of the Trabi-production marks the 60th time. The first satellite was on 7 November 1957 by the band. In April 1991, the production was finished - mainly because of lack of demand.

VW itself establish its base in Zwickau, among others, with good business for automobile industry in Saxony already in GDR times. So there were considerations to build in motors from the Polo and Golf models from 1987 in Trabant and Wartburg, the Wolfsburg carmaker said. However, this did not happen.

After the turn then in 1990 were installed in the former Trabant factory in Zwickau the first Polo, Golf assembly started there less than a year later. Then built the Volkswagen production plants in Zwickau, Chemnitz and Eisenach further.

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