Business secretary unveils new car terminal at Southampton port

Executive Director of Solent LEP Anne-Marie Mountifield, ABP Port Director Doug Morrison and The Rt Hon Vince Cable.

Executive Director of Solent LEP Anne-Marie Mountifield, ABP Port Director Doug Morrison and The Rt Hon Vince Cable.

First published in Business Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

business secretary Vince Cable today hailed Southampton port as an “economic success story” as he unveiled a new multi-million pound car terminal.

The fourth multi-deck vehicle terminal has been built to meet a surge in demand for the export of British built cars through the port, particularly to China and the US.

Dock owners Associated British Ports (ABP) also today announced today a further £7.5m investment to build a fifth vehicle terminal at the eastern docks.

The port is expected to handle around 700,000 vehicles this year, up from 518,000 in 2011, with BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Honda the leading exporters of vehicles through Southampton.

Mr Cable said: "The British car industry is a great success story and our increasing exports are proving a boon for the port of Southampton - the opening of a new vehicle terminal along with provisional funding from the regional growth fund for the city of Southampton’s infrastructure will allow further growth for the future.”

Mr Cable was joined by ABP port director Doug Morrison and car manufacturer bosses to unveil a plaque naming the new four-storey Atlantic Vehicle Terminal, which will store more than 9,000 vehicles.

Mr Morrison is also chairman of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, the body now tasked will promoting economic growth in the region.

The Solent LEP has been awarded £2.1m from the Government’s regional growth fund to provide micro-finance and small Business grants of up to £100,000 to create new start-ups, and allow existing companies to grow.

And Southampton City Council, backed by the LEP, has won a £5.6m bid to build a has new dual carriageway along Platform Road to ease motorists’ congestion misery and pave the way for an expansion of Southampton’s port and cruise operation.

The new Daedalus Enterprise Zone, a former MOD base near Gosport, has also been awarded £3 million from the fund to support up to 20 businesses.

The airfield is set to be turned into a marine and aviation hub, which could create up to 3,700 jobs by 2026.

Businesses that decide to invest there could benefit from discounted rates and superfast broadband. It is expected between 38 and 45 businesses will set up there initially, with permission for 164 new homes.

As part of his visit to Southampton, Vince Cable was also visiting Griffon Hoverwork in Woolston, a leading manufacturing and exporter of hovercraft.

Mr Cable said: “The work of Griffon Hoverwork also highlights the value of a skilled workforce including local apprentices and undergraduates who are employed across a range of different disciplines.

"As they have shown, British manufacturing has a big role to play in exporting to international markets.

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12:30pm Thu 7 Jun 12

mummsie says...

Hands OFF Liverpool!!!
Hands OFF Liverpool!!! mummsie
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12:38pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Condor Man says...

with the benefit of hindsight ABP would have bought up the Ocean Village site as it's clear the space would be better used as part of container port than as a mish-mash of cinemas, bars and unsold flats.
with the benefit of hindsight ABP would have bought up the Ocean Village site as it's clear the space would be better used as part of container port than as a mish-mash of cinemas, bars and unsold flats. Condor Man
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12:39pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Southampton boy says...

If the British car industry is doing so well way is it the Fords in Southampton has gone down to one shift with the lost of 500 jobs for the city and even with the talk of the plant getting the new CCab there has been no investment on new tooling for the new CCab after working there for 30 years I cannot see how they can make 32k CCAb when at present they only sell Some 20k now where will the extra come from!!! good luck Transit Plant I wish you Luck
If the British car industry is doing so well way is it the Fords in Southampton has gone down to one shift with the lost of 500 jobs for the city and even with the talk of the plant getting the new CCab there has been no investment on new tooling for the new CCab after working there for 30 years I cannot see how they can make 32k CCAb when at present they only sell Some 20k now where will the extra come from!!! good luck Transit Plant I wish you Luck Southampton boy
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2:25pm Thu 7 Jun 12

southy says...

Southampton boy wrote:
If the British car industry is doing so well way is it the Fords in Southampton has gone down to one shift with the lost of 500 jobs for the city and even with the talk of the plant getting the new CCab there has been no investment on new tooling for the new CCab after working there for 30 years I cannot see how they can make 32k CCAb when at present they only sell Some 20k now where will the extra come from!!! good luck Transit Plant I wish you Luck
Most of the car stuff in the Docks is imports from France, Belguim, Germany, (Renault mainly) and some from the Far east, Car Exports amouts to about 1/4 that go though Southampton, also what comes here is Fords made in Europe for home market and export.
[quote][p][bold]Southampton boy[/bold] wrote: If the British car industry is doing so well way is it the Fords in Southampton has gone down to one shift with the lost of 500 jobs for the city and even with the talk of the plant getting the new CCab there has been no investment on new tooling for the new CCab after working there for 30 years I cannot see how they can make 32k CCAb when at present they only sell Some 20k now where will the extra come from!!! good luck Transit Plant I wish you Luck[/p][/quote]Most of the car stuff in the Docks is imports from France, Belguim, Germany, (Renault mainly) and some from the Far east, Car Exports amouts to about 1/4 that go though Southampton, also what comes here is Fords made in Europe for home market and export. southy
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2:28pm Thu 7 Jun 12

southy says...

Condor Man wrote:
with the benefit of hindsight ABP would have bought up the Ocean Village site as it's clear the space would be better used as part of container port than as a mish-mash of cinemas, bars and unsold flats.
Well Well Condor you starting to agree to what I have said in the pass.
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: with the benefit of hindsight ABP would have bought up the Ocean Village site as it's clear the space would be better used as part of container port than as a mish-mash of cinemas, bars and unsold flats.[/p][/quote]Well Well Condor you starting to agree to what I have said in the pass. southy
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3:12pm Thu 7 Jun 12

hulla baloo says...

Mr Cable said: "The British car industry is a great success story" British car industry now with foreign owners
Mr Cable said: "The British car industry is a great success story" British car industry now with foreign owners hulla baloo
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3:18pm Thu 7 Jun 12

The Mad Dog says...

Condor Man wrote:
with the benefit of hindsight ABP would have bought up the Ocean Village site as it's clear the space would be better used as part of container port than as a mish-mash of cinemas, bars and unsold flats.
...with the benefit of hindsight they should not have let it go in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: with the benefit of hindsight ABP would have bought up the Ocean Village site as it's clear the space would be better used as part of container port than as a mish-mash of cinemas, bars and unsold flats.[/p][/quote]...with the benefit of hindsight they should not have let it go in the first place. The Mad Dog
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4:07pm Thu 7 Jun 12

SotonLad says...

Forgive my ignorance but are Jags, Range Rovers and BMWs built in the UK?
Forgive my ignorance but are Jags, Range Rovers and BMWs built in the UK? SotonLad
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5:41pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Georgem says...

southy wrote:
Condor Man wrote:
with the benefit of hindsight ABP would have bought up the Ocean Village site as it's clear the space would be better used as part of container port than as a mish-mash of cinemas, bars and unsold flats.
Well Well Condor you starting to agree to what I have said in the pass.
He commented on the story. You do not have to make it all about you. Jesus, your ego is a mess.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: with the benefit of hindsight ABP would have bought up the Ocean Village site as it's clear the space would be better used as part of container port than as a mish-mash of cinemas, bars and unsold flats.[/p][/quote]Well Well Condor you starting to agree to what I have said in the pass.[/p][/quote]He commented on the story. You do not have to make it all about you. Jesus, your ego is a mess. Georgem
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5:47pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Georgem says...

SotonLad wrote:
Forgive my ignorance but are Jags, Range Rovers and BMWs built in the UK?
Jaguars are built in Castle Bromwich. Range Rovers are built in Solihull. The Mini - which IS a BMW - is Built in Cowley.

So, yes.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Forgive my ignorance but are Jags, Range Rovers and BMWs built in the UK?[/p][/quote]Jaguars are built in Castle Bromwich. Range Rovers are built in Solihull. The Mini - which IS a BMW - is Built in Cowley. So, yes. Georgem
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7:15pm Thu 7 Jun 12

SotonLad says...

Georgem wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
Forgive my ignorance but are Jags, Range Rovers and BMWs built in the UK?
Jaguars are built in Castle Bromwich. Range Rovers are built in Solihull. The Mini - which IS a BMW - is Built in Cowley.

So, yes.
Thanks. Seeing all the 5 series BMW's, Range Rovers and Jags down there I was curious as to whether they are assembled in the UK or just transferred between ships here.
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Forgive my ignorance but are Jags, Range Rovers and BMWs built in the UK?[/p][/quote]Jaguars are built in Castle Bromwich. Range Rovers are built in Solihull. The Mini - which IS a BMW - is Built in Cowley. So, yes.[/p][/quote]Thanks. Seeing all the 5 series BMW's, Range Rovers and Jags down there I was curious as to whether they are assembled in the UK or just transferred between ships here. SotonLad
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7:16pm Thu 7 Jun 12

phil maccavity says...

southy wrote:
Southampton boy wrote:
If the British car industry is doing so well way is it the Fords in Southampton has gone down to one shift with the lost of 500 jobs for the city and even with the talk of the plant getting the new CCab there has been no investment on new tooling for the new CCab after working there for 30 years I cannot see how they can make 32k CCAb when at present they only sell Some 20k now where will the extra come from!!! good luck Transit Plant I wish you Luck
Most of the car stuff in the Docks is imports from France, Belguim, Germany, (Renault mainly) and some from the Far east, Car Exports amouts to about 1/4 that go though Southampton, also what comes here is Fords made in Europe for home market and export.
Wrong as usual Southy.
Have a look at the most recent Motor Industry of Great Britain Handbook.
There are considerably more export vehicles shipped out of Southampton than come in.
That has been the case for the past 10 years
Renault only imported about half the number of cars through Southampton last year as they did 5 years ago.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southampton boy[/bold] wrote: If the British car industry is doing so well way is it the Fords in Southampton has gone down to one shift with the lost of 500 jobs for the city and even with the talk of the plant getting the new CCab there has been no investment on new tooling for the new CCab after working there for 30 years I cannot see how they can make 32k CCAb when at present they only sell Some 20k now where will the extra come from!!! good luck Transit Plant I wish you Luck[/p][/quote]Most of the car stuff in the Docks is imports from France, Belguim, Germany, (Renault mainly) and some from the Far east, Car Exports amouts to about 1/4 that go though Southampton, also what comes here is Fords made in Europe for home market and export.[/p][/quote]Wrong as usual Southy. Have a look at the most recent Motor Industry of Great Britain Handbook. There are considerably more export vehicles shipped out of Southampton than come in. That has been the case for the past 10 years Renault only imported about half the number of cars through Southampton last year as they did 5 years ago. phil maccavity
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9:01pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Georgem says...

phil maccavity wrote:
southy wrote:
Southampton boy wrote:
If the British car industry is doing so well way is it the Fords in Southampton has gone down to one shift with the lost of 500 jobs for the city and even with the talk of the plant getting the new CCab there has been no investment on new tooling for the new CCab after working there for 30 years I cannot see how they can make 32k CCAb when at present they only sell Some 20k now where will the extra come from!!! good luck Transit Plant I wish you Luck
Most of the car stuff in the Docks is imports from France, Belguim, Germany, (Renault mainly) and some from the Far east, Car Exports amouts to about 1/4 that go though Southampton, also what comes here is Fords made in Europe for home market and export.
Wrong as usual Southy.
Have a look at the most recent Motor Industry of Great Britain Handbook.
There are considerably more export vehicles shipped out of Southampton than come in.
That has been the case for the past 10 years
Renault only imported about half the number of cars through Southampton last year as they did 5 years ago.
Don't be ridiculous. Southy isn't wrong. Evil hackers have changed all the information you've ever looked at, so you think he's wrong. But he isn't. Ever.
[quote][p][bold]phil maccavity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southampton boy[/bold] wrote: If the British car industry is doing so well way is it the Fords in Southampton has gone down to one shift with the lost of 500 jobs for the city and even with the talk of the plant getting the new CCab there has been no investment on new tooling for the new CCab after working there for 30 years I cannot see how they can make 32k CCAb when at present they only sell Some 20k now where will the extra come from!!! good luck Transit Plant I wish you Luck[/p][/quote]Most of the car stuff in the Docks is imports from France, Belguim, Germany, (Renault mainly) and some from the Far east, Car Exports amouts to about 1/4 that go though Southampton, also what comes here is Fords made in Europe for home market and export.[/p][/quote]Wrong as usual Southy. Have a look at the most recent Motor Industry of Great Britain Handbook. There are considerably more export vehicles shipped out of Southampton than come in. That has been the case for the past 10 years Renault only imported about half the number of cars through Southampton last year as they did 5 years ago.[/p][/quote]Don't be ridiculous. Southy isn't wrong. Evil hackers have changed all the information you've ever looked at, so you think he's wrong. But he isn't. Ever. Georgem
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9:22pm Thu 7 Jun 12

phil maccavity says...

Georgem
I had quite forgotten about the hackers changing Southy's information
It all makes sense now
Georgem I had quite forgotten about the hackers changing Southy's information It all makes sense now phil maccavity
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9:29pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Rob444 says...

It's just a matter of time when most cars bought in Britain will be cheap ones produced in China, so we need to be ready to handle the imports.
It's just a matter of time when most cars bought in Britain will be cheap ones produced in China, so we need to be ready to handle the imports. Rob444
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9:33pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Torchie1 says...

phil maccavity wrote:
Georgem
I had quite forgotten about the hackers changing Southy's information
It all makes sense now
Southy gets his information from a book that seems to have no title which was written by an author with no name. It would be rude to suggest that he makes things up.
[quote][p][bold]phil maccavity[/bold] wrote: Georgem I had quite forgotten about the hackers changing Southy's information It all makes sense now[/p][/quote]Southy gets his information from a book that seems to have no title which was written by an author with no name. It would be rude to suggest that he makes things up. Torchie1
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10:09pm Thu 7 Jun 12

Georgem says...

Torchie1 wrote:
phil maccavity wrote:
Georgem
I had quite forgotten about the hackers changing Southy's information
It all makes sense now
Southy gets his information from a book that seems to have no title which was written by an author with no name. It would be rude to suggest that he makes things up.
There's an organised gang now, that identifies Southy's best posts, and gets them deleted. Poor guy.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]phil maccavity[/bold] wrote: Georgem I had quite forgotten about the hackers changing Southy's information It all makes sense now[/p][/quote]Southy gets his information from a book that seems to have no title which was written by an author with no name. It would be rude to suggest that he makes things up.[/p][/quote]There's an organised gang now, that identifies Southy's best posts, and gets them deleted. Poor guy. Georgem
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12:35am Fri 8 Jun 12

Proud from LIVERPOOL says...

SotonLad wrote:
Forgive my ignorance but are Jags, Range Rovers and BMWs built in the UK?
Just to get the record straight .....
Jaguars and Land Rover Evoques are both made at the " Jaguar / Landrover Site " at Halewood, near Liverpool.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Forgive my ignorance but are Jags, Range Rovers and BMWs built in the UK?[/p][/quote]Just to get the record straight ..... Jaguars and Land Rover Evoques are both made at the " Jaguar / Landrover Site " at Halewood, near Liverpool. Proud from LIVERPOOL
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10:46am Fri 8 Jun 12

phil maccavity says...

Proud from LIVERPOOL wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
Forgive my ignorance but are Jags, Range Rovers and BMWs built in the UK?
Just to get the record straight .....
Jaguars and Land Rover Evoques are both made at the " Jaguar / Landrover Site " at Halewood, near Liverpool.
As someone who has been critical of Liverpool City Council on the way it has handled the cruise terminal and other Grant related issues, fair play to the car workers at Halewood and Ellesmere Port for their recent good work.
I had the misfortune to deal with Halewood workers when Ford ran the plant there.
It is now much improved and hopefully the recent success of the two car factories will continue to help Merseyside
[quote][p][bold]Proud from LIVERPOOL[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Forgive my ignorance but are Jags, Range Rovers and BMWs built in the UK?[/p][/quote]Just to get the record straight ..... Jaguars and Land Rover Evoques are both made at the " Jaguar / Landrover Site " at Halewood, near Liverpool.[/p][/quote]As someone who has been critical of Liverpool City Council on the way it has handled the cruise terminal and other Grant related issues, fair play to the car workers at Halewood and Ellesmere Port for their recent good work. I had the misfortune to deal with Halewood workers when Ford ran the plant there. It is now much improved and hopefully the recent success of the two car factories will continue to help Merseyside phil maccavity
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