GM charge over Ellesmere Port death

The company which owns Vauxhall will be prosecuted after an electrician suffered fatal injuries at its car factory in Ellesmere Port.

700 new jobs at Ellesmere Port

Car manufacturing at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire has been saved after £125m investment and the creation 700 new jobs there.

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Old meets new: Vauxhall celebrate 50th anniversary of first car at Ellesmere Port

First car meets the latest model Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Car maker Vauxhall are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first car at Ellesmere Port.

Workers have re-enacted the moment the first car came off the production line with the same signage and a white Vauxhall Viva alongside a new white Vauxhall Astra, the production car of 2014.

50 years of car making at Ellesmere Port

First car made at Ellesmere Port

Car maker Vauxhall are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first car at Ellesmere Port. The plant in Cheshire came close to closure a couple of years ago. An agreement to build new Astra's safeguarded it's future.

Workers will re-enact the moment the first car came off the production line with the same signage and a white Vauxhall Viva alongside a new white Vauxhall Astra, the production car of 2014.

From June 1 1964 to date, Ellesmere Port has built nearly 5 million vehicles.

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Vauxhall to be sentenced following worker's death

Ian Heard Credit: Health and Safety Executive

The owners of Vauxhall will appear before Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing following the death of a worker who was crushed in machinery at its factory in Ellesmere Port.

General Motors UK is being prosecuted by the Health and Saftety executive after 59 year old Ian Heard from Birkenhead died.

He had worked at the plant since he joined as an apprentice at 16.

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Positive news from car factories

Car makers in the UK saw a spike in manufacturing last month, according to figures released today.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders say it was the busiest May since 2004.

UK factories, which include Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire and Jaguar Land Rover's base in Halewood on Merseyside, made 141,146 cars last month. That was a 42.2% hike, with year-to-date volumes up by 17.3%

What saving Ellesmere Port means for the region

It's not just car workers at Vauxhall who've been assured they can pay their bills tonight, there are workers across the North West whose future just got a little brighter. 20 percent of the car components used at Ellesmere Port come from the UK.

The extra investment means more work for companies in the supply chain and, crucially, more jobs. More from our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue.

Vauxhall chairman this is an "historic day"

700 jobs have been created at the once doomed Vauxhall factory at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

Chairman Duncan Aldred, who first worked at the Ellesmere Port factory 20 years ago as a graduate, said it was an "historic day" for Vauxhall. Read the full story here.

This is great news for the Ellesmere Port plant, our employees, the local community, our suppliers, the Vauxhall brand and the UK. We have been able to develop a responsible labour agreement that secures the plant's future. This is assisted by the Government's industrial strategy, increasing its focus on the manufacturing sector and creating ideal ground for companies to build up long-term investments."

– Chairman Duncan Aldred
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