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Longbridge poised for Rover plan
Longbridge Works - April 2006
Machinery remains ready to use within the Longbridge works
The Chinese owners of the former MG Rover plant at Longbridge in Birmingham are due to unveil plans for limited renewal of production at the site.

Nanjing Automobile will reveal details of its plans to rebuild the MGF sports car at the mothballed factory.

China's oldest motor manufacturer beat off competition from Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation to buy collapsed MG Rover almost a year ago.

More than 6,000 jobs were lost, and around 250 may now be taken on again.

'Iconic brand'

Nanjing had, earlier this year, agreed a 33-year lease on Longbridge with site owners St Modwen.

The full production plans will be revealed by Yu Jainwei, managing director of Nanjing Automobile, in London on Monday.

Nanjing has promised to give "full details of plans to rebuild one the world's most iconic car brands, utilising production facilities in Longbridge as well as in China".

Nanjing has also announced plans to build a new assembly plant in Oklahoma in the US.

The announcement will be made on the eve of the British International Motor Show, which opens on Tuesday, showcasing the latest advances in electric, hybrid, bio-fuel and diesel technologies.


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