Vauxhall owner to invest £100m to build electric vehicles at Ellesmere Port

8th July 2021

Vauxhall’s owner Stellantis has confirmed a £100m investment into its Ellesmere Port plant, securing hundreds of jobs at the huge site.

Major changes are set to be made at the Ellesmere Port factory

The global carmaker held a press conference where it announced plans for its Cheshire hub to become its new centre for manufacturing electric vans.

The news means the future of the plant being secured, with hundreds of jobs at the site – and thousands more in the supply chain – effectively saved.

The news was first confirmed on Stellantis’ website ahead of the press conference.

Around 800 people are directly employed by the Vauxhall plant, known for manufacturing the Astra model.

Earlier this year, Vauxhall’s French parent company PSA merged with Fiat Chrysler to form a new automotive superpower called Stellantis.

Last week, a senior executive at Stellantis said a “key component” in the survival of the factory is the domestic supply of electric car batteries.

Liverpool city region-based supplier to the Vauxhall car factory in Ellesmere, Tulway, says the announcement of a £100m investment into the plant is “fantastic news” for the supply chain.

Tulway is a national fabrication and engineering group, supporting companies with fabrication, mechanical installation, and site maintenance services for almost 25 years. Its blue chip client list also includes National Grid and SNF.

A family-run business, the firm works across a number of industrial sectors including chemical, energy, food, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, water and wastewater. It also hopes to benefit from the expansion of the Nissan factory in Sunderland.

Tulway managing director Kevin Tully spoke to Liverpool Business News (LBN), stating: “As a long-term supplier to Stellantis for mechanical engineering services at Ellesmere Port, this is fantastic news for the local supply chain.

“As Tulway has locations both in the North West and the North East, we hope to benefit from this vote of confidence for the motor manufacturing industry in these areas.”

Read more about Liverpool City Region’s advanced manufacturing sector HERE.

8th July 2021