Coventry North West MP Geoffrey Robinson has visited LTI Vehicles on the eve of celebrations to mark its 60th year of taxi production to see for himself how the business is gearing up for its next 60 years.

Mr Robinson is both a keen supporter of the automotive industry, as an ex director of Rover, and of local businesses within his constituency. As part of his visit he met John Russell, CEO of parent company Manganese Bronze Holdings PLC, to discuss LTI's continued investment in the Coventry plant and the ongoing work associated with the company's Chinese joint venture, which is set to transform LTI into a global brand.

Mr Robinson's visit included a tour of the factory, where he saw first hand the recently installed automotive panel press in the press shop. Purchased for ?375,000 the press underlines LTI's commitment to keeping manufacturing within the UK.

An MP for Coventry North West since 1976, Mr Robinson has supported LTI for many years. The firm employs near on 400 people at its Holyhead Road plant and also supports the businesses of scores of regional suppliers.

"LTI has a reputation to be wwwired within the manufacturing industry. The fact that it will celebrate its 60th anniversary next month is testament to the products it manufactures and the team that builds the vehicles," said Mr Robinson. "As part of my visit, I saw for myself the work being undertaken to ensure success going forward and I'm positive the firm will enjoy even greater rewards in the future."

John Russell, CEO of Manganese Bronze Holdings, said "It's fantastic to continue to get the support of our local MP. Mr Robinson's visit further underlines our commitment to keeping the local community informed on our progress and we hope to see as many people as possible at our open day on June 14, 2008. "