This company is the youngest member of the Rootes Group and is devoted to the manufacture at Linwood, near Paisley, of a new Hillman small car - the first car to be produced in Scotland since 1928.
The company has announced that the new Hillman will be a "baby" car, smaller than the presend Minx. A completely new factory is being built to produce it and a separate die-casting plant - one of the most modern of its kind in the world - is part of the scheme. The whole project, together with the extensions being made to the neighbouring Pressed Steel factory which will make the bodies will cost a total of £23-1/2 million. About 7,000 people will be employed at the factories.
The Hon. John Siddeley, one of Britain's leading Consultant Designers, has been commissioned by the Rootes Group to advise on the interior decor of the new plant.
The car is being designed to suit export markets and initial production will be about 150,000 units a year. Production is expected to begin in early 1963, and anproximately half is scheuled to be sold overseas.