A spokesman for Stellantis — a merger of France’s PSA and US-Italian rival Fiat Chrysler — said the company expects “an eventual binding commitment by the UK government” regarding the future of the Ellesmere Port facility in northern England.
The plant employs 1,000 staff and is linked to thousands more in the supply chain, while unions fear for its future following the merger that was formalised only last month.
“It would be entirely unforgivable if the government failed to provide every possible assistance and support in securing the future of this critical plant,” Unite official John Cooper said in a statement Thursday.
“Up to 7,000 workers in the supply chain rely on the plant for their livelihoods,” he added.
With Britain banning the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2030, the country’s largely foreign-owned car manufacturing sector must increasingly switch to producing electric vehicles.
It is understood that Stellantis is seeking financial incentives to produce a fully-electric vehicle at Ellesmere Port.
Earlier this month, Indian-owned Jaguar said it would produce only electric vehicles from 2025 at its facilities in central England.