Vauxhall reaches two manufacturing milestones

Posted on 5 Jul 2013 by The Manufacturer

Vauxhall’s two UK manufacturing plants both reached production milestones with the 250,000th Astra Sports Tourer rolling off the production line at Ellesmere Port and the Luton facility building its 900,000th Vivaro-type van.

In a memorable 24 hours, workers at Ellesmere Port, Britain’s number one manufacturer of estate cars, celebrated as the quarter of a millionth Astra Sports Tourer was driven off the production line.

Just 24 hours later, the celebrations begun at the Luton plant, after the 900,000th Vivaro was handed over to the AA, one of Vauxhall’s biggest customers.

“We are very proud to celebrate these milestones at our UK production facilities in our 110th anniversary year,” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director.

“Our hardworking and dedicated workforce at Luton and Ellesmere Port produce vehicles of exceptional quality so it is no surprise these UK-built models are so successful in the marketplace.”

Both Vauxhall plants, which employ over 2,500 people, have been allocated new products securing production into the next decade.

Ellesmere Port is to become the lead European manufacturing plant for the next generation Astra, securing both investment and jobs over the next 10 years.

The Luton van facility will build the next generation Vivaro with production starting next year.