Jobs at risk at MG Motors

Around 140 jobs are on the line at the Longbridge site of MG Motors UK.

The firm’s owners, Chinese state-owned SAIC, have started a consultation on the job losses.

Contract workers were reportedly already made redundant in March, and it was announced in 2016 that MG would be moving car production to China.

MG Motors currently provides services for the SAIC Motor Technical Centre. The Longbridge site is home to a vehicle emissions testing centre, as well as a design and virtual reality studio.

A spokesperson said: “SMTC (SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre) is conducting an operational review at its Birmingham base.

“SMTC is currently consulting with its staff to find the most appropriate solution and further updates will be issued in due course.”

It reported that April 2019 was a record month for the carmaker, with a total of 980 new registrations.

At the time, Daniel Gregorious, head of sales and marketing at MG Motor UK, said: “MG Motors has enjoyed a fantastic start to the year and we are thrilled to see our growth continue.”

MG can trace its roots back to 1924, when Cecil Kimber, Morris Garages General Manager, found a niche market for modified Morris cars.

The MG Rover Group was formed following a separation from the BMW Group in 2000. In 2005, MG Rover Group entered administration and the brand was purchased by NAC, China’s oldest carmaker. In turn, the NAC was merged with SAIC in 2007.