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Vauxhall creates 1,000 jobs to meet demand for Astra

VAUXHALL is creating 1,000 new jobs at its Ellesmere Port factory to help meet European demand for the new Astra. The manufacturer is planning to introduce a new third shift at its plant from October, requiring 850 new workers, while a further 160 people will be taken on to support current operations.

Vauxhall employs 4,200 people at Ellesmere Port, where it produced 120,000 vehicles last year. The addition of the third shift will allow it to increase its annual production to 180,000 vehicles. Demand for the new Astra has caught even Vauxhall by surprise, and the company is now quoting two-month delivery times for the three-door version.

Expansion at Ellesmere Port is the second triumph for Vauxhall in recent weeks, following the announcement that Luton will build the replacement Vectra.

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