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BMW to invest in Hams Hall factory

The jobs of 600 workers who ake engines for BMW are secure tonight. Photo: ITV Central

The jobs of 600 workers who ake engines for BMW are secure tonight.

BMW today said it's going to bring out perhaps ten new models of the Mini - with the engines being made at the company's engine plat at Hams Hall at Coleshill near Birmingham.

BMW today announced it's investing £250 million in its three factories in the UK - Swindon, Cowley near Oxford, and Hams Hall.

It's not known how much of the £250 million will be invested at Hams Hall but it's in addition to half a billion pounds investment there announced last November.

There was concern as the old Mini engine was phased out that the work would dry up Hams Hall. It would only be running at 60 per cent capacity and it probably wouldn't have survived at those levels.

The union Unite has negotiated new working practises with the company which it believes has helped secure the investment from BMW and therefore the workers' jobs.