Mini Plant Oxford to celebrate 100 years

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BMW Group and Mini UK are gearing up for a year of celebrations in 2013 to mark 100 years of car-making at the site of Mini Plant Oxford.

The big day for the celebrations will be March 28, which is 100 years to the day when the first Bullnose Morris Oxford rolled off the line.
As part of the commemorative exhibition at the plant, Mini is keen to hear from any ex-employees and the families of ex-employees who would like to share photos and memories from the plant over the last 100 years.

Since 1913 tens of thousands of people – 26,000 at the peak in the 1950s and 60s - have worked on the site building more than 11m cars under brands including Austin Healey, MG, Wolseley, Riley, Austin, Mini, Vanden Plas, Princess, Triumph, Rover, Honda, Sterling, the founding marque Morris and more than two million MINIs since 2000.

The plant witnessed the first Mini to roll off the production line in 1959 and by 1968 602,817 Minis were built there with peak output at 94,889 cars during 1966/67.

In 1994 BMW acquired the plant as part of its buy-out of Rover Group. Since then the factory has built the Mini hatchback, Convertible, Clubman, Clubvan, Roadster and Coupe, 80 per cent of which are exported to more than 100 global markets. It is currently undergoing a major investment in preparation for the third generation of new Minis.

A centenary exhibition at the plant will incorporate stories and pictures from employees past and present. To share a story or photograph, Mini are asking people to contact oxford100@mini.co.uk

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Mini Plant Oxford to celebrate 100 years

Men work in the Chassis Assembly room of the Morris car works factory.

One of the many assembly lines at the Morris Car Works, in Cowley, Oxford, on Jan. 21, 1945. Workers are busy on vans to be sent abroad to our troops.

he Production line at the Morris Cowley factory in Oxford, 1946. 

Prime Minister David Cameron drives the 2,000,000th new Mini off the production line during a visit to the Mini plant in Cowley, Oxford.

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