Decision soon on Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port

Jay Nagley

Press reports on both sides of the Atlantic suggest that General Motors (GM) is close to a decision about factory closures in Europe.

Two plants are in the firing line: Bochum in Germany and Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. The latest rumours are that Bochum will close (indeed it should have been axed as part of GM's restructuring plan in 2009, but German politics intervened), but Ellesmere Port is also thought to be at risk. GM needs to radically cut capacity in Europe, by up to 20%, to get to profitability.