Griffin House, Luton
As the European LCV market leader, Groupe PSA intends to strengthen its market share in this segment in Europe and accelerate its development in the other regions. The increase in manufacturing capacity in the compact vans segment will supply our customers from the Luton plant by 2019 in addition to the existing Hordain facility in France.
The investment in Luton is driven through a performance plan negotiated between the Unite Trade Union and the Luton plant (UK), combined with its recognised know-how in the manufacture of light commercial vehicles (LCV) and the flexibility of its existing paint shop. With this initiative, the EMP2 platform for LCV will be localised by mid-2019, as part of the convergence on Groupe PSA technology.
The investment in the plant will serve to optimise its manufacturing processes to ensure that work is performed to the highest standards to meet the expectations of our discerning customers. In 2017, the plant produced 60,000 Opel/Vauxhall Vivaros. The investment aims at increasing the plant’s production capacity to 100,000 vehicles per year based on Groupe PSA’s EMP2 platform.
Ellesmere Port Plant
Our manufacturing plant in Ellesmere Port is the Home of the Astra and produces both the Astra 5-door and Astra Sports-Tourer, the plant is a vital component of the Vauxhall/Opel business. The plant’s high quality standards and efficient labour practices helped it to secure the production of the next generation Vauxhall Astra from 2015.
Our Luton Plant is Home of the Vauxhall Vivaro and holds the title of Britain’s number one commercial vehicle manufacturer for the 14th year running. Like Ellesmere Port, the plant’s high standards secured the production of the next generation Vivaro from 2014 onwards.
Toddington Warehouse is our 1.0 m sq ft facility which holds 50,000 stocked parts with an inventory value of £32 million. The materials processed are for Vauxhall, Opel Ireland and Chevrolet. On average it receives 20,000 lines per day which are sent out to retailers across the UK and Ireland.