SAIC Motor : Chinese Investor of the Year for investment at MG Birmingham

MG Motor UK Limited’s parent company, SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, has won a major award for investing in Britain. The coveted Chinese Investor of the Year award is in recognition of the multi-million pound investment SAIC Motor has made at MG Birmingham where 400 people are employed designing, engineering and building cars. 

HRH Prince Andrew presented the award to SAIC Motor’s Executive Director of Strategic Planning, Mr. Cheng Jinglei, at a VIP gala dinner in Shanghai to mark the British Business Award 2010 winners. 

The award acknowledges that SAIC Motor can “best demonstrate strong growth, innovative strategies and market leadership” in establishing a business in the UK. 

Recently a new MG Global Design Centre was opened on the Birmingham site, which also houses the huge SAIC UK Technical Centre. This development phase at MG Birmingham, including new engine testing facilities now being built, amounts to more than £5 million. 

A very substantial investment has been made here and the award is also a reflection on all the hard work that everyone here has made. We will build on our success and we are looking forward to a range of MG cars being made here in the future.” William Wang, Managing Director, MG Motor UK Limited 

These two centres of excellence are designing and engineering a range of new MG models which will be launched in China and the UK. The British team also designs Roewe models which are only on sale in China. 

Further investment is being made in the manufacturing area of MG Motor UK where the new MG6 – the first all-new MG to be launched in Britain in15 years – will be built. Total capital investment by SAIC at the MG Birmingham site amounts to £45-million. 

William Wang, Managing Director of MG Motor UK, said: “This important award shows how committed SAIC is to the future of our Birmingham operation. 

“A very substantial investment has been made here and the award is also a reflection on all the hard work that everyone here has made. We will build on our success and we are looking forward to a range of MG cars being made here in the future.” 

[Source: MG Motor UK Limited]

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.
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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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  1. Ianto says:

    Fantastic – it’s so disappointing that this story hasn’t had wider coverage. Thanks to SAIC Motor, MG is now well and truly on the way back!

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