Despite encouraging improvements in the company’s UK sales figures compared to previous years, SAIC Motor, the parent company and owner of the MG brand, has announced what it calls ‘a global operational review’ of its manufacturing facilities in the face of a growing slump in demand in its home markets of China and Asia.
It’s been revealed that 90 contractors have been given immediate notice of termination and around 140 full-time staff and engineers are to be engaged in a 45-day consultation period with regards to their long-term employment at the Longbridge site.
‘SMTC UK (SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre Limited) is conducting an operational review at its Birmingham base. SMTC UK is currently consulting with its staff to find the most appropriate solution and further updates will be issued in due course.’
A SAIC Motor UK spokesperson
Two very reliable sources close to AROnline informed us of the sad news a good few hours before the Birmingham Mail ran with the story. A member of staff still currently with the company told us yesterday that rumours had been rife for weeks and staff morale has been at an all-time low.
We spoke with a former MG Motor UK Engineer who has excellent contacts still working within the Longbridge site. We were told that it seems all that’s to remain there is a small team working on CoP (Compliance of Production) duties – mainly emissions testing and certification.
Excluding the Sales Centre, which operates as a separate entity, Longbridge currently costs a rumoured £49 million per annum to operate. The staff reductions reported above will reduce the total headcount on the site to under one hundred and, with so little going on there, its future looks worrying.