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MG Rover factory: New pictures: Still empty...

Oxygen Thief

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#1
The guys at MG-rover.org got a visit to the SAIC MG factory at Longbridge. Obviously they're full of hope, but to me, this factory is EMPTY. There's no way production of anything other than dust is going to happen 'within a few weeks'...

http://www.mg-rover.org/articles/1/...ee_inside_the_mg_birmingham_factory/index.htm

Call me sceptical, but what's the point of shipping over an 80% complete, ready painted bodyshell?

I'd like to know whether anyone has been employed and trained yet? Surely the job vacancies must be posted by now. Any links for more info are invited.
 

Incognito

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#2
I suspect one reason is to cut the import costs, sending over just a shell is a lot cheaper than paying for a full value car, add a few bits on over here and then call it british built LOL.
Same as you I am a bit sceptical as to wheter or not it'll ever be a running factory again, this was supposed to be and running by now already and it looks like they are no further forward. They do seem to have some good models coming through but the last time I read anything about the old shape 75/zt (round headlamps) was going to be in the line up and not the new face lifted model, seems a step back to me.
 

d86

ian beal's twin brother..
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#3
incog is right.

but, because you are not importing a car there is no new car import duties.
as the car is to be finished in this country it gets the made in england stamp.

if they where to build the car from scratch in the uk they would only get low volume type approval,now this will get around that as the car will (technically) be built in the uk.

giving them free range to import over the 1500 units a year limit,then leading to a no limit production run...(normally 1500 units @ low volume level)

this is basically how we did it with kit cars in the late 80's.(build a car to 90% finished let the customer fit the number plates).

t...:)
 

Oxygen Thief

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So that 'production line' will just put a sticker on the back. Sounds like a one man job.
 

Misfit

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I thought longbridge had all gone with just the shadow factory left??

or am I getting mixed up with something else :S

Misfit
 

SaltGeorge

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So that 'production line' will just put a sticker on the back. Sounds like a one man job.
Nope.

Union rules. On no account should a Sticker Licker perform the duties of a Sticker Sticker. The whole operation to be overseen by a Junior Sticker (Gum Adhesive) Supervisor under the guidance of a Senior Sticker Supervisor. Where self-adhesive stickers are to be used the Sticker Licker will peel the sticker from it's backing before handing it to the Sticker Sticker, for which the Sticker Licker will entitled to a Special Allowance (Self Adhesive).

Managament rules. Four persons engaged in a task are considered a Junior Department and will be managed by a Junior Department Manager with the asistance of an Assistant Assistant (Junior) and an entitlement to admin support equivilent to 1/3rd of a secretary from the Typing Pool.

None of the above make it a certainty the sticker will be applied the right way up.
 

Squirrell 911

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Nope.

Union rules. On no account should a Sticker Licker perform the duties of a Sticker Sticker. The whole operation to be overseen by a Junior Sticker (Gum Adhesive) Supervisor under the guidance of a Senior Sticker Supervisor. Where self-adhesive stickers are to be used the Sticker Licker will peel the sticker from it's backing before handing it to the Sticker Sticker, for which the Sticker Licker will entitled to a Special Allowance (Self Adhesive).

Managament rules. Four persons engaged in a task are considered a Junior Department and will be managed by a Junior Department Manager with the asistance of an Assistant Assistant (Junior) and an entitlement to admin support equivilent to 1/3rd of a secretary from the Typing Pool.

None of the above make it a certainty the sticker will be applied the right way up.
And this is why the British car industry went to shit (aswel as them been poorly made and developed)
 

SparkUK

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I've not seen any jobs advertised for there, they'd likely be mainly fixed term agency through MSXi and Manpower etc. Doing something there has to be better than nothing, even doing 'flatpack' cars is decent work, Leyland Trucks used to do them. (flatpack Isuzu trucks, not cars )
 

dweeb

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I drive past all the time, shrouded in darkness with nobody going in or out... It's a pack of lies. I'll prove it one day too.
 

Gh0sT

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I drive past all the time, shrouded in darkness with nobody going in or out... It's a pack of lies. I'll proove it one day too.
Same here Dweeb , drop and pick the kids up at the school opposite it daily.
All i ever see are JCB's digging the place up and levelling it.
In fact i may take a picture at some point this week of where the main plant used to be.
 

Riemann

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If you go to the main entrance closest to the flight shed, you can see some new models waiting to go on to car transporters.

What those images only show you is the new production line, not the one still in use. I think they have 1 or 2 current models and 2 new ones.

There is a brand new design building with over 250 new staff (apparently), a write up from June last year can be seen here...

http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/201...g-with-british-design-and-engineering-talent/
 

SparkUK

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#13
has anyone actually had a proper mooch there recently? Looking at the Rover forums guys pictures, that place looks about five minutes off ready to go.....
 
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benny

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#14
The guys at MG-rover.org got a visit to the SAIC MG factory at Longbridge. Obviously they're full of hope, but to me, this factory is EMPTY. There's no way production of anything other than dust is going to happen 'within a few weeks'...

http://www.mg-rover.org/articles/1/...ee_inside_the_mg_birmingham_factory/index.htm

Call me sceptical, but what's the point of shipping over an 80% complete, ready painted bodyshell?

I'd like to know whether anyone has been employed and trained yet? Surely the job vacancies must be posted by now. Any links for more info are invited.

the 80% finished is a tax / import fiddle i used to work for daewoo and they did this on the one model to say it was built here, numtys in korea removed the doors and bumpers loaded them into a container and they met the rest of the car in bristol and they threw them back together .... that production line is no where near ready to take cars, went to the perkins plant last year and they had just started a new engine line it was still beeing fitted as training engines were beeing made loads a workers and gaffers looking and testing to see if the line worked as they had planned .......also spent some time in the landrover factory on the day they switched from model year 2010 -2011 same again gaffers everywhere checking and looking they said the change over of production would take a few weeks ... also work for vauxhall and i know for a fact the first 20 odd plus cars down a new line are just to test the line and there scrapped no sign of this anywhere in this factory if there planning on beeing at full speed in a few weeks they got a lot of work on there hands