29/05/2007

Longbridge car plant reopens

The former MG Rover car plant at Longbridge in Birmingham has officially reopened.

The new owners of MG Rover, Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC), plan to build the MG TF sports car at the Longbridge site.

At the reopening, NAC announced that £250 million had already been invested in MG, both in the UK and China, and pledged to invest more.

Up to 200 people will be employed at the site initially, but full-scale production is not due to begin until later in the year.

NAC is currently producing cars in China, with production lines shipped out from the Longbridge site.

Around 6,000 workers lost their jobs when MG Rover collapsed two years ago.

The Unite union welcomed the news, but the union also stressed that they would continue to press Nanjing to deliver the 1,200 jobs they had pledged to create.

Eric McDonald, Unite's regional industrial organiser, said: "There are still many ex-MG Rover workers who are unemployed and hoping to return to Longbridge."

(KMcA/JM)


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