Lavishly illustrated with unique images from the official company archive, this book charts more than 100 years of car-making at the Longbridge factory, near Birmingham.
Author: Gillian Bardsley
This book charts over 100 years of car making at Longbridge, near Birmingham. The Austin Motor Co. was founded here by Herbert Austin in 1906, opening its doors in early 1906, and it has been home to the British Motor Corp, British Leyland, Rover Group, and MG Rover. Its products include some of the most famous British models ever produced: the pioneering Austin Seven of the 1920s, the classic Mini, the Austin Metro, and in later years the MG TF and Rover 75. The factory was a major employer and integral part of the community since its foundation and its demise saddened many, but the areas will never forget its long and proud tradition of manufacturing.
Containing unique images from the official company archive, this book charts almost one hundred years of car-making at Longbridge near Birmingham.
Author: Gillian Bardsley
Publisher: Tempus Pub Limited
Containing unique images from the official company archive, this book charts almost one hundred years of car-making at Longbridge near Birmingham. The Austin Motor Company was founded here by Herbert Austin in 1905 and it has since been home to the British Motor Corporation, British Leyland, Rover Group and latterly MG Rover. Its products include some of the most famous British models ever produced: the pioneering Austin Seven of the 1920s; the classic Mini, introduced to the world in 1959 with in astonishing production run of 41 years and a final tally of over 5 million; the Austin Metro, trumpeted as the 'British Car to Beat the World'; and in later years the best-selling MG TF and elegant Rover 75. The factory has been a major employer and an integral part of the local community since its foundation. The sad events of April 2005, when MG Rover went into administration, will radically change the landscape. But the area is now looking to the future, never fogetting its long and proud tradition of manufacturing. Colin Corke in a lifelong car enthusiast, Vicar of Longbridge and a former chaplain to the factory. Gillian Bardsley is Archivist to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust as Gaydon, which is custodian of the extensive Longbridge archive and much more. She is also biographer of Sir Alec Issigonis who designed some of the factory's best loved products.
Ian is married with three children and lives in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. This is his first attempt at writing a book. He is a Chartered Automotive Engineer who began his career in 1980 as a Graduate Trainee for Land Rover.
Author: Ian S. Pogson
Ian is married with three children and lives in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. This is his first attempt at writing a book. He is a Chartered Automotive Engineer who began his career in 1980 as a Graduate Trainee for Land Rover. He worked his way around the many plants which made up the Rover Group and latterly for Powertrain Limited, the engine and transmission arm of MG Rover. As part of the latter's last-ditch attempt to court an international partner, Ian worked in Shanghai, PRC from the start of January 2005 to redundancy upon the collapse of MG Rover in April that year.He returned to work and lived there over a one year period from June 2005 to 2006 and this is his story. He wrote it as a daily diary of the ups and downs of being away from family and of the cultural clashes which occurred in trying to teach and guide his Chinese hosts, towards making a National car for China.It is an amusing Westerner's view on Eastern society as it absorbs and assimilates Western values. Ian is indebted to his Chinese hosts and wishes them well with their venture, continuing as they do towards domination of world manufacturing.
Sharratt details the many famous car designs that have emerged from the Longbridge works, the factorys wartime production, and describes life in a major car production plant, from shop floor to design, development, and management.
Author: Barney Sharratt
Publisher: Haynes Publications
A story rich in historical detail, human experience and social history, Men and Motors of "The Austin" covers the history of the Longbridge factory from inception by Herbert Austin in 1905 through to present-day ownership by BMW. Sharratt details the many famous car designs that have emerged from the Longbridge works, the factorys wartime production, and describes life in a major car production plant, from shop floor to design, development, and management. Based on interviews with those who designed, developed, and built the cars.
appropriate comparison would be with Ford's Dagenham car manufacturing plant . For Ford Dagenham and Rover Longbridge have historically produced directly competing models within what is classified as the three major classes of vehicles ...
Author: Nicola R. Hothi
Publisher: Arena books
Category: Automobile industry and trade
At a time when the manufacturing industry in Britain is coming under increasing focus, "Globalisation & Manufacturing Decline" provides a clear framework for positioning the key drivers and influences on automotive manufacturing in Britain today.
Most recently, in late 2007, Shanghai acquired the car-making operations of Nanjing with Chinese government encouragement; this is likely to strengthen the likelihood of genuine R&D coming back to Longbridge. Auto assembly (even if on a ...
Author: Andrew Beer
Category: Business & Economics
Economic restructuring has been a notable feature of so-called mature industrial economies such as the UK and Australia in the last two decades, with deregulation, privatisation, technological change and globalisation combining to reshape such economies. Some industries have grown, while others have declined. Moreover, while overall employment in the UK and Australia has grown, many newly-created positions require skills not found in the industries shedding labour, or are in casualised and low paid occupations. Many lesser-skilled workers leaving declining industries are therefore at risk of long-term unemployment or leaving the workforce entirely. Both mental and physical health can be affected after redundancy. It is therefore crucial that the measures put in place in many domains of social policy (such as formal health policy, employment assistance, community development, housing assistance and so on) to adequately address the difficulties confronting this group. This volume takes a closer look at the impact of manufacturing - notably automotive - plant closures in the UK (Birmingham) and Australia (Adelaide) in recent years and policy responses to those closures. It attempts to tease out differences in policy response and effectiveness, and attempts to identify areas where policy could be made to work better in terms of adjusting to large scale manufacturing change and resulting job losses. In so doing, it begins, for the first time we believe, to take a comparative approach to understanding the impact of plant closures and policy responses. This book was published as a special issue of Policy Studies.
Gillian Bardsley & Colin Corke, Making Cars at Longbridge (History Press, 2006). K. Beddoes, C. Wheeler, S. Wheeler, Metro-Cammell: 150 Years of Craftsmanship, (Runfast Publishing, 1999). Di Drummond, Tracing Your Railway Ancestors (Pen ...
Author: Michael Sharpe
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Birmingham, the cradle of the industrial revolution and the world's first manufacturing town, is an important focus for many family historians who will find that their trail leads through it. Rural migrants, Quakers, Jews, Irish, Italians, and more recently people from the Caribbean, South-Asia and China have all made Birmingham their home. This vibrant history is reflected in the city's rich collections of records, and Michael Sharpe's handbook is the ideal guide to them. He introduces readers to the wealth of information available, providing an essential guide for anyone researching the history of the city or the life of an individual ancestor. His work addresses novices and experienced researchers alike and offers a compendium of sources from legal and ecclesiastical archives, to the records of local government, employers, institutions, clubs, societies and schools. Accessible, informative and extensively referenced, it is the perfect companion for research in Britain's second city.
Ruth Milkman, Farewell to the Factory: Auto Workers in the Late Twentieth Century (Berkeley: university of California Press, ... See also Gillian Bardsley and Colin Corke, Making Cars at Longbridge: 100 Years in the Life of a Factory ...
Author: Tim Strangleman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Imagine a workplace where workers enjoyed a well-paid job for life, one where they could start their day with a pint of stout and a smoke, and enjoy free meals in silver service canteens and restaurants. During their breaks they could explore acres of parkland planted with hundreds of trees and thousands of shrubs. Imagine after work a place where employees could play more than thirty sports, or join one of the theater groups or dozens of other clubs. Imagine a place where at the end of a working life you could enjoy a company pension from a scheme to which you had never contributed a penny. Imagine working in buildings designed by an internationally renowned architect whose brief was to create a building that "would last a century or two." This is no fantasy or utopian vision of work but a description of the working conditions enjoyed by employees at the Guinness brewery established at Park Royal in West London in the mid-1930s. In this book, Tim Strangleman tells the story of the Guinness brewery at Park Royal, showing how the history of one plant tells us a much wider story about changing attitudes and understandings about work and the organization in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Drawing on extensive oral history interviews with staff and management as well as a wealth of archival and photographic sources, the book shows how progressive ideas of workplace citizenship came into conflict with the pressure to adapt to new expectations about work and its organization. Strangleman illustrates how these changes were experienced by those on the shop floor from the 1960s through to the final closure of the plant in 2005. This book asks striking and important questions about employment and the attachment workers have to their jobs, using the story of one of the UK and Ireland's most beloved brands, Guinness.
Memo to the Government: Urgent Longbridge Answers Needed... it's not just a "Private Matter" By David Bailey on Apr 18, 08 02:07 PM in ... Ideally, of course, we'd like to see car manufacturing and R&D come back to Longbridge.
Author: David Bailey
Category: Economic stabilization
The online blogs of Professor David Bailey of Coventry University Business School and John Clancy, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham Business School, have been provocative and lively part of the Birmingham Post website for some time. Here is the first volume of their blogs from 2008-2010.
Author: Johannes-Cornelius AdariPublish On: 2004-08-10
It makes little sense, holding on to a product range, that you know producing costs. ... The Longbridge site had been manufacturing cars since 1905 and over the past 80 years there had been minimal investments on that site.
Author: Johannes-Cornelius Adari
Category: Business & Economics
Inhaltsangabe:Abstract: The target of this case study is to present and analyse the drastic false estimations made by BMW in planning and realising the Rover transition as well as its consequences. The worked out mistakes should be generalized in order to give opportunities of their avoidance for future M&A cases. After working out the M&A basics in the 1st chapter, the 2nd chapter deals with the reasons of BMW Management to buy another international manufacturer and gives a clue why the choice fell just on Rover. It opens with an overview of the economic development during the 6 years time period of the Rover takeover. After this, the economic and political environment is shown, also the market situation in the automobile segment in the year of the takeover, followed by the business course and goals of BMW as well as their alternatives. This chapter closes with the strategy and enterprise philosophy of BMW and with a list of the of the Rover Group s assets in 1994. In the 3rd and 4th chapters of this case study the mistakes of the BMW management attempting to integrate Rover into the BMW portfolio are shown and analysed, as well as its consequences for BMW and Rover. The 5th chapter will end with the conclusion, why the Rover takeover went wrong. Zusammenfassung: Ziel der Arbeit ist es, die strategischen Ziele, die Tragweite und die möglichen Folgen von M&A-Transaktionen in den Bereichen Finanzen (Investitionen und operatives Geschäft), Unternehmensführung- und Organisation sowie der Unternehmenskultur anhand dieses Unternehmenskaufes zu untersuchen. Dazu wurde die Arbeit in 6 Teile untergliedert. Im 1. Teil werden die allgemeinen M&A-Grundlagen beleuchtet, insbesondere die Ziele, Erscheinungsformen, rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen als auch die Vor- und Nachteile von M&A-Transaktionen. Im 2. Teil wird das Umfeld von BMW im Jahre 1994 analysiert, die strategischen Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten dargestellt und untersucht, warum gerade die britische Rover Group der für BMW geeignete Übernahmekandidat zu sein schien. Im 3. und 4. Teil wird die Transaktion und ihre Folgephasen untersucht und die Gründe für das Scheitern der Übernahme herausgearbeitet. Die Zusammenfassung und kritische Bewertung der dem BMW Vorstand unterlaufenen Entscheidungsfehler bei der Auswahl und Führung von Rover erfolgt im 5. Teil. Die Arbeit schließt ab mit dem 6. Teil, in dem die finanziellen Auswirkungen der Transaktion kommentiert und anhand von 10 Säulen- [...]
Overshadowing everything was the 90 - year - old bottomless pit known as Longbridge . When Herbert Austin began In volume making cars at the disused printing terms , a works in 1905 , it is doubtful whether yawning gap even he would ...
Author: Christopher Brady
Publisher: Pearson Education
Category: Business & Economics
"There are few real-life business stories that could match that of the downfall of Rover. Twenty years ago it would have been unthinkable that a brand with such a loyal following, that held a special place within the heart of the ordinary British man, could possibly fail. The events that led to the downfall were as tragic as they were predictable." "In an earlier edition of this book, at the point when BMW sold MG Rover, Chris Brady and Andrew Lorenz predicted with astonishing accuracy that the Phoenix takeover of the company was doomed to failure. Here, they tell the full untold story of Rover's downfall, from beginning to end."--BOOK JACKET.
The business units represented a mixture of brands , locations and support services , comprising Rover Cars , producing small and medium cars at Longbridge , and large cars at Cowley , Land Rover at Solihull and Body Pressings , Swindon ...
Author: Bill Quirke
Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Business & Economics
Annotation Employees often find fatal disconnects between their organization's business strategy and its communication strategythere's no clear link between the information that is sent to them and what they're supposed to understand from it. The role of internal communication, writes Quirke (a UK-based consultant), is "to illuminate the connections between different pieces of information, to shine a light on the web of interdependencies ... to provide the information to do the job, but [also] to paint the bigger picture and tell the fuller story that puts the information into context." His book helps managers understand what a successful business needs from its people, what gets in the way, and the role of communication in helping bridge the gap. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
That it is not the way it looks if you compare Longbridge to Regensburg, one of BMW's trio of factories around its ... Source: Adapted from Bowley, 1998, p.l I COMMENT patterns, working time accounts), making several car models in the ...
Author: Gordon Hughes
Category: Political Science
Taking as its focus three familiar and profoundly influential social institutions, the family, work and welfare, this accessible and exciting text looks at their role in maintaining social order and promoting social change in Britain from the 1950's to the beginning of the twenty first century. It shows how everyday life within these institutions is marked by the exercise of power and resistance and it charts the ways in which wider social change has affected these processes. Ordering Lives: Family, Work and Welfare engages with some of the most pressing issues affecting our society in a lively yet academically rigorous manner. At the same time, it offers students of the social sciences a crucial first introduction to the way that theory is used in social science explanations of social relations and institutional arrangements. This is a key introductory text for all students beginning study in sociology, social policy or general social sciences. Does it any longer make sense to talk about a "welfare state" in today's UK?
Cover page -- Halftitle page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Title Page -- Copyright page -- Contents -- Figures -- Tables -- Contributors -- Preface -- 1 Motor vehicle manufacturing: the representative industry -- 2 The world automotive ...
Author: Christopher M Law
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Originally published in 1991, this book examines the spatial implications of the changes to the automobile industry at world, national and local levels. The volume brings together the work of North American, European and Japanese geographers, economists and sociologists, and includes perspectives from the components industry, the shop floor experience and local economic policy making.
In 2000, BMW gave Longbridge away, continued to make the Mini in Oxford, and sold Land Rover. Ford assembles cars at Dagenham. BMW bought Rolls Royce and built a new plant, having learned, from Longbridge experience, it was cheaper to ...
Car maker draws bounty from new design Cool bed eases a hot time in the old town Micromouse is a good mover but ... on one of two synchronised welding lines that BL Cars has installed for the production of its Mini Metro at Longbridge.
New Scientist magazine was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences". The brand's mission is no different today - for its consumers, New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture.
MG SPORT & Racing , the specialist cars division of MG Rover and separately owned by the Phoenix Four until it went ... MG Rover compound at Longbridge , and remains in administration because it was not included in Nanjing Automotive's ...
there were thousands of vehicles stored on fields and in car parks all over the Midlands awaiting rectification before they ... department before subsequently adapting it for use in the stock control and procurement areas of Longbridge.
Author: Richard Etheridge
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This is the story of a father seen through the eyes of a son who grew up in his shadow. A father who in late 1940 was quite suddenly thrust into notoriety consequent upon the vagaries of a congenital heart condition and a Luftwaffe bomb; this shunted him from Nuevo Riche caf owner's. son to shop floor worker at the Austin Motor Company. Ironically fate interceded once again when shortly after completing National Service the son joined him there in 1957 working on the other side of the fence, after motor magnate Sir Leonard Lord sponsored him as an undergraduate trainee at the Austin."
... future of British car making lay not at Longbridge, but hundreds of miles to the north. On 6 August 1980, as Edwardes's engineers were putting the final touches to the Metro, Sir Keith Joseph told Mrs Thatcher that he had received ...
Author: Dominic Sandbrook
Publisher: Penguin UK
SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 BY THE TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH, LONDON EVENING STANDARD, DAILY MAIL AND BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE 'Magisterial ... If anyone wants to know what has been happening to Britain since the 1950s, it is difficult to imagine a more informative, or better-humoured guide ... a Thucydidean coolness, balance and wisdom that is superb.' - AN Wilson, The Times 'Who Dares Wins captures the period with clairvoyant vividness. Compulsively readable, the book will be indispensable to anyone who wants to understand these pivotal years.' - John Gray, New Statesman 'Immaculately well-researched, breathtakingly broad and beautifully written ... Sandbrook leaves the reader impatient for the next volume.' - Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph The acclaimed historian of modern Britain, Dominic Sandbrook, tells the story of the early 1980s: the most dramatic, colourful and controversial years in our recent history. Margaret Thatcher had come to power in 1979 with a daring plan to reverse Britain's decline into shabbiness and chaos. But as factories closed their doors, dole queues lengthened and the inner cities exploded in flames, would her radical medicine rescue the Sick Man of Europe - or kill it off? Vivid, surprising and gloriously entertaining, Dominic Sandbrook's new book recreates the decisive turning point in Britain's recent story. For some people this was an age of unparalleled opportunity, the heyday of computers and credit cards, snooker, Sloane Rangers and Spandau Ballet. Yet for others it was an era of shocking bitterness, as industries collapsed, working-class communities buckled and the Labour Party tore itself apart. And when Argentine forces seized the Falkland Islands, it seemed the final humiliation for a wounded, unhappy country, its fortunes now standing on a knife-edge. Here are the early 1980s in all their gaudy glory. This is the story of Tony Benn, Ian Botham and Princess Diana; Joy Division, Chariots of Fire, the Austin Metro and Juliet Bravo; wine bars, Cruise missiles, the ZX Spectrum and the battle for the Falklands. And towering above them all, the most divisive Prime Minister of modern times - the Iron Lady.
Box 1 A brief history of Rover BMW 1883 1905 1952 1966 1968 Rover's name makes its debut on a three - wheel bike . Herbert Austin starts making cars in a disused printing works at Longbridge . Austin and Morris merge to form the British ...