Almost two years after the collapse of British car maker MG Rover, its factory at Longbridge in central England is about to start making cars again. Nanjing Automobile, the Chinese company which bought the assets of bankrupt MG Rover in 2005 for 80 million euros, has already built several test vehicles there and plans to restart production of MG sports cars from early April.
The new owner said it will build around 3,000 vehicles this year, rising to 12,000 by 2009. The plant will initially employ just 250 workers, though numbers are expected to rise as production increases. When Longbridge closed in 2005, nearly 6,000 people worked there.
Nanjing is working to set up a dealer network in Britain to sell the cars. The company shipped some production lines to China, where the first MG cars will be produced in March. It also has plans to build a factory in the US but has not given a date for that.