General Motors (GM) is a major american car manufacturer which has operated in the Uk since 1964. Although this may change soon due to the results in the referendum that was to see if they stayed or went out of the European Union. After the Brexit, the doubts crop up in GM and it is still not very clear the presence of the brand in that region.
General Motors has a important presence in the country, as it produces the Opel Astra (known as Vauxhall Astra) at Ellesmere Port. This factory, located in the northwest of England, could running a “high risk” due to a curious fact. This plant has a percentage of parts that come from the United Kingdom only 25%, the lowest figure in the entire country. This means that the majority of pieces come from the outside.
With the consequences of Brexit still up in the air, the brand is afraid that the imposition of some imposed by the importing of these parts. This would result of course in an increase in manufacturing costs. For this reason, Ellesmere Port would be the factory more vulnerable according to some experts. But it is not only that GM has in the Uk, as in plant Luton also produces the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro.
There are sources that suggest that GM could be the production of Opel to other countries such as Poland or Germany. If this decision was taken, would not be carried out at least until the year 2021. Then you’d start with a new generation of the Opel Astra. We will have to wait to see what happens, but by the time the activity in the Uk continues normally and smoothly.
Source – Automotive News