So today we take a look back at the days when LDV
- Leyland DAF - ruled the roost.
The assets of LDV
were bought by Chinese businesswoman Qu Li in October 2009 although original plans to relaunch the firm at a site in Birmingham making eco vans have failed to progress.
Meanwhile, the LDV
name now lives on elsewhere in the world after Chinese automotive giant SAIC launched an export drive to a range of markets, including Australia, Chile, South Africa and South-East Asia.
dealer F&G Commercials Ltd, based at Leeds Road, Bradley, has been presented with a special Extra Mile award by parts distribution company Multipart for the support provided to LDV
customers over the past 12 months.
According to administrators, Malaysian vehicle distribution company Weststar is bidding for LDV
with two other potential suitors.
Mr Hunt said LDV
's financial difficulties, which culminated in the halting of production last December, had been widely publicised in recent months.
Thousands more workers are employed in firms which distribute LDV
vans or supply parts and other services, dealing a fresh blow to the motor manufacturing industry.
's marketing manager, Guy Jones, blamed the Government saying it had not "addressed the fundamental issue, which is access to working capital now."
Malaysian giant Weststar announced last month that it had entered into an agreement with LDV
's owner, GAZ, to buy the firm.
, owned by Russian giant GAZ, has invested tens of millions of pounds in recent years in the factory which has created 200 new jobs.
managing director Allan Amey said: "The pounds 1million contract was put out to international tender and I am extremely pleased that a West Midlands- based company was able to meet the full criteria for this project."
Researchers have postulated that LDV
and PRRSV, which are closely related, are derived from a common ancestor (10,11).