Premier Wen will fly into Birmingham International Airport for a visit to the factory, now owned by the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, where he will see a new sports saloon version of the successful MG6, The Magnette.
SAIC is one of the 10 largest car makers in the world and has made significant investment in the MG plant at Longbridge, and recently announced its decision to resume MG production at the site, retaining 400 jobs in the UK.
The company also announced the opening of a £5m design studio and technical centre at Longbridge, demonstrating its commitment to the area’s talent and entrepreneurial environment.
Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, who will be amongst those welcoming Premier Wen to the UK, said “This visit is an endorsement from the very top of the Chinese state of the importance of the relationship between Birmingham and China.
“Over the last seven years we have made great strides to ensure Birmingham’s connections with China were prioritised and enriched, helping to build a strong relationship for this city with a growing economic superpower.
“We have been working with the Chinese Ambassador, his Embassy and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to ensure that Birmingham gives the best possible welcome to the head of the Chinese people and we are looking forward to renewing our friendships with China as a result of this historic visit.”
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