VAUXHALL CEO Nick Reilly says the Ellesmere Port car plant would become even more competitive if there was an increase in component suppliers in the area.
Mr Reilly, who was speaking during his recent visit to the North Road site, wants to see more suppliers across the UK in order to cut down on import costs.
He said: “It would help a lot if there was more component suppliers located in the UK and preferably around here.
“At the moment there are quite a lot of components that are having to be imported from elsewhere and of course that adds logistics costs, it adds duty and so on.
“If we could encourage more suppliers to come here that would improve the competitiveness of the Ellesmere Port plant even further.
“That is not something that can be done just by the Ellesmere Port plant it needs a combined effort of the government of industry generally and here, working to attract that kind of investment.”
During his visit, Mr Reilly predicted a bright future for the plant and hinted that it was one of the front-runners to build the new electric car.
He described Ellesmere Port as ‘very much a contender’ to manufacture the Ampera model, although any decision will not be made for at least 12 months.
The 59-year-old, who was a former director at the factory, praised the improvements made at the site and the ‘enthusiasm’ of the workers.