NAA Update: Stellantis announces £100 million investment in Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant to transform the site to build electric vehicles
Ellesmere Port will become the first Stellantis plant to produce a solely battery-electric model, in both commercial and passenger versions, by the end of next year, for Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot and Citroën brands and for both domestic and export markets.
Welcome to this month’s newsletter and I hope that you are all keeping well.
I’m sure that by now most of you will have heard that last week Stellantis announced a £100 million investment in Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant to transform the site for a new era in electric vehicle manufacturing. Ellesmere Port will become the first Stellantis plant to produce a solely battery-electric model, in both commercial and passenger versions, by the end of next year, for Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot and Citroën brands and for both domestic and export markets. Today’s decision will not only power Ellesmere Port into a clean future, but will secure thousands of jobs across the region in the supply chain. Read the full press release here.
I want to remind you all that TIME IS TICKING! – This is your last chance to enter the NAA Business Awards – Closing date for entries is 23 July so do please get your entries in very soon.
- Design & Innovation
- International Trade
- People & Skills
- Manufacturing Excellence
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
- Logistics Excellence
The NAA is proud to be a delivery partner of a new project, ‘CW4.0’, a £5.6 million, ERDF-funded initiative which brings together leading Universities and industry experts to allow SME manufacturers in Cheshire and Warrington to access free hands-on support and local R&D expertise to help them make the most of industrial digital technologies. Full details can be found later in the e-news or here.
This month, I would like to welcome three new NAA member companies:
Emerson & Renwick; LiNa Energy and Pro2 Automotive Engineering:
Emerson & Renwick is a leading manufacturer of production machinery, in the areas of automotive/heat exchanger machinery, coating and laminating machinery and wallcovering machinery.
LiNa Energy was formed in the summer of 2017 and is a spin-out of Lancaster University. LiNa is applying modern materials engineering to the sodium-nickel-chloride battery to create a game-changing storage technology.
LiNa is delighted to announce that their recent bid to join the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) was successful – read more about this here
Pro2 is an automotive consultancy supporting customer experiential events, vehicle engineering projects and bespoke engineer training. They provide professional drivers, design and deliver events to give the ultimate experience for customers.
We will hear more from these members in the coming months.
Last week, one of our partner organisations, Make UK published a new report – Trade and Cooperation with the EU: Six months on, it can be found here. The report explores the experiences of manufacturers in the first six months of this year and since the Trade and Cooperation Agreement was agreed at the end of last year.
Our webinar programme continues, with the most recent event hosted by Professor Andrew Lyons of the University of Liverpool Management School which focused on opportunities for businesses to engage with the Universities in general – please read our event review further in this e-news for more details.
Again, on the training and networking front, I would like to remind all SMEs based in Liverpool City Region that we are now actively recruiting participants for round 2 of the BEIS-sponsored Growth Platform Peer Networks programme, due to commence in the autumn. Please see here for further on the content, eligibility and how to apply.
Elsewhere in this month’s newsletter, you can read about some of the latest developments from a selection of our other member companies including DHL Supply Chain; Enginuity; IoT Horizon and Senseye.
Finally, as always, if you need us, please do not hesitate to contact us.