Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Vauxhall to build van in Luton

Vivaro vans at the Vauxhall plant in Luton where the next generation is to be built
Vivaro vans at the Vauxhall plant in Luton where the next generation is to be built

The next generation of Vauxhall's Vivaro van is to be built at its Luton factory, safeguarding the plant and over 1,000 jobs.

There had been fears the site could close if the current contract between Vauxhall and Renault was not renewed after it runs out in 2013.

Unite said it was "fantastic news" which had ended uncertainty over jobs.

Vauxhall said the Luton plant will continue to play an "important role" in the company's manufacturing network.

Nick Reilly, president of General Motors Europe, which includes Vauxhall in the UK and Opel in Germany, said recently that a decision was imminent, adding that all options were still under consideration.

Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey said: "This is fantastic news. It secures the future of Vauxhall in Luton and puts to rest any uncertainty over jobs.

"Without a new model Luton would have closed - instead the plant has work until at least 2020 and 1,500 jobs have been secured.

"The efforts of Vauxhall's chairman, Nick Reilly, were pivotal in securing an agreement with Renault and we are extremely grateful for the part he played.

"This decision is also down to the hard work of the workforce and savings they made."

Luton is the last volume manufacturer of commercial vans left in the UK and Unite said it will produce 62,000 units a year.

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