Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron dropped by Vauxhall’s Luton plant, the breeding grounds of the Vivaro light commercial van, to see how its operations are coming along since they’ve added a second shift. He met with several members of Vauxhall management, assembly line workers, and countless apprentices and undergraduates to get a sense of their experiences.
The Vauxhall Luton plant recently added a second shift of approximately 250 new workers to help meet consumer demand for the Vivaro light-duty commercial van. Mr. Cameron remarked that it’s his wish to see many more examples like the Luton plant in the UK, signaling an “industrial renaissance” around the country. He also said that it was nice to meet some of the beneficiaries of the UK’s still-recovering jobs sector.
Said Vauxhall Chairman and Managing Director Tim Tozer of the visit: “We are very proud that the Prime Minister chose to visit our van plant here in Luton. The Government has been very supportive of the British automotive industry in recent years and was pro-active in helping to ensure that new Vauxhall Vivaro was allocated to this plant in the UK a few years ago.
“We look forward to working closely with Government to ensure that the UK improves its future competitiveness as a leading manufacturing base for automotive.”