Plans put into action to resume production at MG Rover plant at Longbridge
3 August 2005

Production could be due to begin once again at the former MG Rover plant at Longbridge. Following its acquisition of the remaining asasets of MG Rover and Powertrain Ltd last week, Nanjing Automobile Group is working with GB Sports Car Company Ltd, along with existing advisors Arup Group and China Ventures Ltd, on the future of the MG brand.

Nanjing and GBSCC are planning to develop of a range of MG models to be manufactured at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham. Nanjing, China’s oldest car manufacturer, had originally planned to create up to 2000 new jobs at Longbridge to assemble the MG TF and the new version of the MG ZR; placing the emphasis on the MG brand in Europe, believing that the Rover name is dying.

Commenting on the development, GBSCC managing director Fraser Welford-Winton said, “I am delighted I will be at the heart of the development and implementation of a business plan that will produce long term skilled jobs at Longbridge and create a centre of excellence for sports car activities.”

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