Delphi Automotive Systems will boost UK sales by £100m from its new Ellesmere Port plant which will supply the new Vauxhall Astra.
Jobs among the 180 workers at its main chassis plant at Dunstable, Bedfordshire, will be unaffected by the transfer of the Astra’s chassis manufacturing to the new site at Ellesmere Port, which will take on a further 130 staff before it opens next spring.
Delphi is one of three suppliers moving to the 50ha £21m supplier park. It will join Plastic Omnium Automotive, supplying bumper assemblies, fuel fillers and tanks, and Mackie Automotive Systems, responsible for component marshalling and late-configuration subassembling.
The park brings in a process started at other GM sites called Supply in-line sequence (Sils), where modules are pre-assembled off-line but adjacent to the main plant, and discrete components are marshalled to coincide with the production sequence. All six of Delphi’s divisions – plus Delco Electronics – will be housed under the same roof, supplying the Astra with complete front sub-frame and steering gear, rear axle, drive shafts, electrical harnesses and systems.
Annual sales will total £100m.