15 June 2000 | David Arminas
Rover Group, now owned by the consortium Phoenix, will be examining its purchasing strategy in the wake of the company's break-up by former owner BMW, writes David Arminas.
"The challenges for us are the same as for all other UK car makers," said a Rover Group spokesperson.
This month, Tony Shine, who has worked at the company for many years, was appointed its purchasing head. He will sit on the board.
The old Rover Group's UK purchasing team of around 200 employees is being split up between Ford, Phoenix and BMW. Purchasing staff at the Longbridge plant, which was bought by Phoenix, handled most of the purchasing for Rover Group's three sites - Longbridge, Oxford and Solihull.
A spokesperson for BMW said it will be "difficult" sorting out purchasing functions. Decisions must be taken on who goes to what company under the TUPE regulations, the European Union's transfer of employee rules.
Last month, Phoenix took over the Longbridge plant, where Rover cars will be produced, and Ford took over the Solihull plant, where it will continue the production of the Land Rover and Range Rover.
BMW retains the Oxford plant, where it will make the new mini. Production is due to start in spring 2001, according to a spokesperson.