Friday, 30 June 2017

GM Ellesmere Port, UK 50 Years

Canal boats passed through this port many years ago and it now houses the National Waterways Museum with the largest collection of canal boats in the world. I have a connection to the town of Ellesmere Port I won't bore you with here, bu it caught my eye when I found out that the GM car plant located there is 50 years old. I wrote about the plant back in 2005, found by clicking here.


The plant is now fifty years old and celebrated as they do with the original Viva model and the current Astra.
It was built on a disused WWII airfield to supply other UK factories with subassemblies and engines. However, the Viva HA model started to be made there in 1964. By 1975 all Chevettes were manufactured at Ellesmere Port and in 1980 the first Opel badged cars were produced - to go to Germany. In 1981 the Astra model was introduced. In 2005, EP passed the 4,000,000 mark for cars produced.

In recent times GM has been trying to refine its European operations to make them profitable and that meant less factories. Ellesmere Port was a possible casualty but it has been given the green light for the 2015 Astra to be made there along with the Gliwice plant in Poland. They will be the only factories making that model.

I have put together a series of a lists below, in ten year increments of EP production numbers. Ones that are estimates are rounded. As to why manufacturers do not put this sort of thing out in the public domain I do not know. Anyway, it is very close to exact but has various sources and is not absolute in accuracy. It could depend whether the source included the van variant of the car, or just counted passenger cars.





64-73

74-83

84-93


647,776
7494,618
8434,403


6539,312
7590,191
8550,592


6662,848
76101,000
8674,082


67132,240
7793,237
8789,539


68151,612
7884,041
8889,425


69110,882
7958,765
8987,266


70115,561
8055,002
90105,024


71122,958
8144,204
9190,233


72127,201
8251,379
92117,511


7393,417
8349,250
93111,047


Av96381
Av72169
Av84912



94-03

04-13





94102,527
04125,981





95108,152
05189,196




96112,424
06143,654





97102,020
07115,476





9898,197
08102,481





99154,741
0976,771





00154,121
10102,665





01132,297
11137,971





0248,332
1290,187





0330,286
1373,502





Av104310
Av115788












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