Longbridge : SMTC UK’s £2.7m move now completed

MG Motor UK Limited and SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre Limited (SMTC UK) are now sharing the Longbridge site as the Engineering and R&D company has completed a move from its Leamington offices into new premises on the site of the MG factory on Lowhill Lane.

The move was an obvious, sensible and inevitable rationalisation of SAIC Group companies within the UK, according to SMTC UK’s Director of Business Development, Ian Horton, who said: “We are delighted to have moved to Longbridge to be closer to the product and to the HQ functions of MG UK.  We were already working closely with MG and the new geographical proximity of the companies can only be of benefit to the Group and the MG brand.  We now have a Technical Centre platform from which to grow the future of the Group’s engineering in the UK.”

SMTC UK works on a wide range of engineering and research and development projects for SAIC Motor, including new models destined for the Longbridge line.  Much of the work is commercially confidential but one of SMTC UK’s first projects for MG is likely to be a remodelling of the existing TF, following the successful launch of the MG TF LE500 earlier in 2008, into a limited edition derivative to mark MG’s 85th anniversary in 2009. 

We were already working closely with MG and the new geographical proximity of the companies can only be of benefit to the Group and the MG brand.  We now have a Technical Centre platform from which to grow the future of the Group’s engineering in the UK.” Ian Horton, Director of Business Development, SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre Limited

Over 250 people have made the 25 mile move from Leamington to Longbridge following planning that had been in progress since last year.  The move has benefited both MG UK and SMTC UK, with over £1m spent on an IT upgrade for the whole Longbridge site and larger technical centre offices and workshops for SMTC UK engineers.

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Mike Whitby, said: “Today’s announcement is encouraging news for the city, particularly in the current economic climate, and I am delighted to see jobs being brought into Longbridge.

“Over the last three and half years Birmingham City Council and MG have worked together diligently to build relationships and secure the positive outcomes. We will continue to give our support to make Longbridge once again become renowned as a by-word for excellence, and a real centre of high-class manufacturing.”

[Source: MG UK/SMTC UK]

Clive Goldthorp

Clive Goldthorp

Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.
Clive Goldthorp
Clive Goldthorp

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Clive claims that his interest in the BMC>MG story dates back to his childhood in the 1960s when the family’s garage premises were leased to a tenant with an Austin agency. However, back in the 1920s and 1930s, his grandmother was one of the country’s first female Garage Proprietors so cars probably run in his genes! Admits to affairs with Alfa Romeos, but has more recently owned an 06/06 MG TF 135 and then a 15/64 MG3 Style… Clive, who was AROnline’s News Editor for nearly four years, stood down from that role in order to devote more time to various Motor Racing projects but still contributes articles on as regular basis as his other commitments permit.

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