Blow to suppliers as Rover 75 production grinds to halt

Rover suppliers suffered a further blow this week with the news that production of the Rover 75 will be halted for four weeks from next week in an extension of the Easter shutdown.

BMW, which will build the cars at Cowley for Alchemy Partners, has already announced that it will halve production of the flagship car, with output down to 750 cars per week.

A BMW spokesman said the extended shutdown was linked to preparing the plant for production of the new Mini. But uncertainty remains over the future volume of Rover 75 production at the site, which will depend on orders from Alchemy. Rover dealers have reported a slide in sales since the sell-off was announced.

Meanwhile, fallout from the Rover deal continues to hit industry in the West Midlands. Several overseas investors have cancelled or put on hold plans for new plant in the region.