Adam Opel AG
D-65423 Rüsselsheim am Main
Tel.: +49 (0)61 42 7-70 / Fax: +49 (0)61 42 7-88 00
Opel has been building automobiles since 1899, and became an AG in 1929. In late 2005, the company was transformed into a GmbH (PLC). The company is headquartered in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and has been
a wholly owned (100%) subsidiary of General Motors since 1929. In March 1929, General Motors, impressed by Opel's modern production facilities, bought 80% of the company, increasing this to 100% in 1931
Opel is one of Europe's largest automakers, was founded 1862 in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The company with its headquarters in Rüsselsheim and its sister brand in the U.K., Vauxhall, sell vehicles in over 40
countries. The company operates plants and development centers in 6 European countries, and employs around 40,000 people. (as of December 2010). In 2010, Opel sold over 1.1 million passenger cars and light
commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 6.2 percent. With the market introduction of the electric Opel Ampera by the end of 2011, the company will found a new segment in the European automotive
market and underline its role as a trendsetter for progressive mobility solutions
Vauxhall Motors Ltd
Tel: 01582 721122 / Fax: 01582 427400
Vauxhall is owned by General Motors and headquartered in Luton, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1857, began manufacturing cars in 1903 and was acquired by GM in 1925. Vauxhall was bought for $2.5 million US.
Vauxhall is a major UK employer, with around 35,000 people employed directly or indirectly through our company activities. Direct head count amounts to some 4,500 people at our Luton, Ellesmere Port
and other locations. 23,000 people work within our Retail Network, and a further 7,000 are employed within our UK supply chain, providing all the millions of parts and many essential services we use every day.
Vauxhall sales amounted to almost 150,000 vehicles in the first half of 2010 alone – an 11.97% market share. The fact that 79% of our production goes to export further underlines our value to the country's
Our Luton plant, with 1,171 staff, produces 67,000 units a year in two shifts, with the potential for as much as 100,000 units a year in three shifts. The Luton plant has not only produced a van
that has won 'Best Medium Van' at the Van Fleet Awards no less than seven times, but they have achieved 10.1 million hours worked without a Lost Work Day case.
Our Ellesmere Port manufacturing site has a
headcount of 2,122, and a capacity of 187,000 units a year in three shifts. They produce the sixth generation Astra 5-door hatchback, Astravan and, from September 2010, the new Astra Sports Tourer too.
1995, Ellesmere Port was the first manufacturing facility in the UK to be registered to ISO 14001. In 2008, it helped Vauxhall become the first UK manufacturer to receive the Energy Efficiency Accreditation Award.
And since 2002, the plant has further reduced its energy usage by 54%.