MG has formed a corporate partnership with Birmingham Airport, which demonstrates the long term commitment to the development of trade between the West Midlands region and China.
At the launch event held at Birmingham Airport, both parties highlighted the need for a direct air link to China, and showcased the new MG6 cars on the airfield as well as unveiling an MG Motor UK branded airbridge.
Since 2003, after London, Birmingham has attracted more Chinese investment projects than any other UK city, receiving £76.59m in capital investment and creating 596 jobs during this period. In 2010, Birmingham received £8.68m in capital investment from China.
William Wang, MD of MG Motor UK, said, “Like Birmingham Airport, SAIC motor’s business is in an exciting period of international growth. As the proud owners of the world famous MG brand, SAIC Motor has made significant investment to make Birmingham the global home of the brand, SAIC group’s European engineering centre of excellence and most recently a manufacturing and sales centre for our new MG6 vehicles.
The strength of commitment between the Birmingham region and China was most clearly demonstrated by the visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Birmingham in summer 2011. The visit was an endorsement from the very top of the Chinese state of the importance of the relationship between Birmingham and China and a clear indication that MG Plant Birmingham will serve as a blueprint for Chinese investment around the world.