March 31 2004.

Suzuki GB has announced plans for the development of a new 15,400 sq m national parts, training and technical centre at Milton Keynes. The facility will also be the UK base for the storage and distribution of motorcycles and marine products.

It is to be built on a 'green field' site recently purchased by Suzuki and will open in the latter part of 2005. More than £12 million will be invested in the project.

The administrative headquarters of Suzuki in the UK, which includes the Automobile, Motorcycle and Marine Sales and Marketing Departments, General Management, Finance and IT, will remain in Crawley, West Sussex, where the company has been based for the past 22 years, and will be located at the Company's Gatwick Road building until 2007 when the current 25 year lease expires. After that date these departments will move to new premises in the area.