01 June 2009 13:53 [Source: ICIS news]
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LONDON (ICIS news)--Car giant General Motors (GM) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of a government-led plan to restructure to 100 year-old company, according to global media reports on Monday.
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The Obama administration on Sunday said it would pump in another $30bn (€21bn) – on top of the previous $20bn – and take a 60% stake in the automaker to stop it from being broken up.
It was reported that the United Auto Workers (UAW) union would take 17.5% in shares and the governments of
President Obama was expected to make a speech at 11:55 EDT, in which he would likely emphasise the government’s continuing commitment to supporting the ailing domestic automotives sector.
GM was expected to close or idle 14
That would mean even less demand for the chemicals and derivatives that go into auto manufacturing, and place fresh pressure on an already financially fragile parts supply chain.
GM was reported to have filed for bankruptcy at the US Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York, but there was currently no update on the court's website.
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