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David Lindley Managing Director SMTC UK Top: David Lindley at SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre

SAIC Motor Technical Centre UK (SMTC UK) works on designing, developing and engineering advanced new vehicle and powertrain products for SAIC Motor, one of the world's largest automotive manufacturers and owner of the MG marque. Dave Leggett caught up with SMTC UK's managing director, David Lindley. Can you describe the background and history to the UK SAIC Technical Centre's operation? It started around 2004/05 when SAIC was in discussion with MG Rover about putting together a joint venture. At that time I was head of 'concept engineering' at MG Rover, so I was getting involved in technical discussions looking at what initial vehicle concepts might emerge out of

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that joint venture and what the portfolio of products might look like. Alongside that was the commercial discussion, that I wasn't involved with, but I was building the relationship with the guy put in place to lead the technical centre in Shanghai as part of the new business they were trying to create at SAIC. When MG Rover collapsed in April 2005, I was contacted by him, on behalf of SAIC, to discuss whether there was any way we could retain the best engineers from MG Rover who had been working on those programmes and also from the powertrain (PTL) area. The objective at the time was to take some of the best people with a view to continuing the work that we had started. There were a number of options to think about. One was to

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