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The BBC are reporting that Stellantis (the result of the FIAT Chrysler Peugeot Citroen merger) are trying to blackmail the UK Government into bribing them to not close the former Vauxhall Ellesmere Port plant.

Vauxhall: Future of Ellesmere Port hangs in the balance

Ignoring the obvious overcapacity in the industry, and Stellantis in particular, the aftermath of BREXIT, the long term labour relations issues at the plant, and inevitable interference from the French and Italian Governments, why would Stellantis want to have their subsidiary factory for the Astra replacement at Ellesmere?
 
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It is sad to see. Over the years many of my family, friends and associates worked there. Now I don't know of a single person who does.
There seems an inevitability over it but that has seemed to be the case for decades.
Who knows? Maybe having this little production capability over here is a hedge of sorts.
 

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Sad to hear about this. My neighbour in a previous life worked there - a real nice guy and his wife was a gem. Many people in the area depend on those jobs, so here's hoping for a good outcome.
My Uncle placed the order for that sign on the front you see on the news, article. About 1990. 40k.
 
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Vauxhall owner Stellantis will announce as early as Tuesday that it plans to make electric vans at its Ellesmere Port factory in the UK, safeguarding the future of the plant, according to three people briefed on the plans.

Stellantis, the newly merged Fiat Chrysler and PSA, has decided to invest a sum in the low hundreds of millions of pounds at the site to manufacture electric vans, which are in growing demand thanks to the booming home delivery market, the people added.

The move by Stellantis follows Nissan’s decision this week to build a new electric model at its Sunderland car plant alongside the UK’s first large-scale battery factory in a £1bn project with Envision AESC.

Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told the Financial Times on Thursday that Nissan’s investment would create a “domino effect” among other potential battery groups or auto investors looking to locate work in the UK.

The UK government’s decision to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicle sales by 2030 has left the country’s car industry racing to establish the infrastructure to build electric cars at scale.

The move prompted Stellantis to ditch plans to build the next Vauxhall Astra car at Ellesmere Port and instead examine electric vehicle options for the site in north-west England.

While the company has car facilities in Europe with ample capacity, it has more limited van production. Its UK plant in Luton, which makes diesel vans, is running at full capacity.

An electric van will be a lifesaver for Ellesmere Port, which has shed hundreds of jobs over recent years as demand for the Astra model has waned. The Astra is also built in a more efficient facility in Poland.

The decision to locate electric van production at Ellesmere Port follows months of talks with the UK government over financial support, which the carmaker required before making a final decision.
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