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GWM has deployed 11 plants worldwide

From:Internet Info Agency 2020-02-19 12:42:43

With the continuous growth of the Chinese automobile industry, domestic passenger cars have shifted from "incremental markets" to "stock markets". Entering overseas markets has become the best choice for Chinese brands seeking new growth. Among the many Chinese brands with overseas markets, Great Wall Motor (GWM) has established vehicle plants in Russia and India in recent years. On February 17, the company announced that it would acquire General Motors ’manufacturing plant in Royong, Thailand, which will also become GWM’s third overseas and the world’s 11th full-process vehicle manufacturing base.

In fact, in recent years, GWM has not only vigorously expanded overseas markets, but also spared no effort in the construction of domestic plants. In 2019, GWM has put into operation the Yongchuan Plant and has started construction of Pinghu vehicle projects and Taizhou vehicle projects. As of now, GWM has built eight major vehicle plants in China: Baoding, Xushui, Tianjin, Yongchuan in Chongqing, Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu, Rizhao in Shandong, Pinghu in Zhejiang, and Taizhou in Jiangsu.

GWM has established three plants overseas

GWM's Tula factory in Russia was officially completed and put into production in June 2019. The factory is currently the largest investment project of the Chinese manufacturing industry in Russia, and it is also the largest factory built by a Chinese auto brand overseas. The total investment of the GWM Tula factory in Russia is about 500 million US dollars. The entire factory area is divided into two parts: production area and living area.

It is reported that after the GWM Tula factory in Russia putting into production, the total output value of the factory can exceed 18 billion yuan, and the profits and taxes can exceed 3 billion yuan, and it will provide about 4,000 jobs for Russia. At the same time, the Tula factory in Russia can also provide manufacturing capabilities and foundry support for the development of other Chinese auto brands in Russia, which is conducive to the joint development of Chinese auto companies in Russia and fully plays a leading role in the internationalization of the brand.

On January 17, GWM and General Motors reached an agreement on the acquisition of GM's India Taligang plant. According to the letter of intent signed by the two parties, GM India, including the Tarigan plant, will be transferred to GWM.

Although the two sides did not announce the specific acquisition amount, GWM's acquisition of GM's idle factory is definitely more cost-effective than its own new factory. At the same time, GWM announced its official entry into the Indian market by acquiring the factory and participating in the Delhi Auto Show. In addition, according to the agreement, the acquisition transaction between the two parties is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020.

But GWM has not just acquired the Tarigang plant in India. On February 17, GWM announced that it would acquire General Motors ’manufacturing plant in Royong, Thailand. According to the binding terms signed by both parties, General Motors Thailand, including Royong‘s auto plant and powertrain plant, will be transferred to GWM, and the two parties plan to complete the transaction and final transfer by the end of 2020.

GWM plans to use this acquisition to help companies develop in Thailand and the ASEAN market. In addition, GWM also plans to radiate the entire ASEAN region with Thailand as the center and export its products to other ASEAN countries and Australia.

GWM's first global car, Haval F7

As of now, GWM has formed three full-process vehicle manufacturing bases overseas. Of course, for GWM to truly go global, it also needs a car model for global consumers. In fact, as early as last June, the first global model of the GWM, the Haval F7, was officially launched in the Russian market, and Chinese President Xi Jinping and of the Russian Federation President Putin autographed this model.

GWM's 8 domestic plants

Baoding's whole vehicle plant is located at the GWM headquarters. This plant is one of the earliest GWM plants with an annual production capacity of 250,000 vehicles. It mainly produces a variety of models including pickups, SUVs, and cars.

The Xushui vehicle plant is currently the most advanced factory of Chinese brands, with a total planned area of 13 million square meters, a total investment of more than 30 billion, and a planned annual production capacity of 1 million complete vehicles. The first phase of the plant was completed and put into use in October 2013; the second phase was also put into production in 2014; the third phase of the project was built in 2014 and completed and put into operation in August 2016; the fourth phase is also in the construction phase.

Among them, the first phase of the plant mainly produces Haval H6 Coupe, Haval H8, Haval H9; the second phase of the plant mainly produces Haval H2 and Haval H7; the third phase of the plant's products include Haval H6, WEY VV5 and Haval H4.

The GWM Tianjin factory is located in Tianjin Binhai New Area. The project is divided into two phases. The total investment is 12.67 billion yuan, and it has more than 18,000 employees. At present, the GWM Tianjin plant is in production of Haval H6, Haval M6, Haval F7, Haval F7x.

Construction of the first phase of the Tianjin project began in June 2009 and was completed and put into operation in 2011; construction of the second phase of the Tianjin project started in October 2010 and was completed and put into operation in August 2013. The first and second phases cover a total area of 1582.26 acres, which mainly cover projects such as vehicle production, key component manufacturing, overseas logistics, and living quarters.

Yongchuan plant in Chongqing is the fourth vehicle plant of GWM. The project was officially signed on December 25, 2017, registered on January 5, 2018, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 28, 2018. The car goes offline. Its parts and components occupy an area of about 708,000 square meters and a building area of 366,000 square meters. It mainly produces two models including high-end pickup trucks (GWM Pao) and SUVs.

GWM's Zhangjiagang plant in Jiangsu mainly produces beam-owned vehicles, with a total investment of about 5.1 billion yuan. The construction scale is to produce 160,000 fuel passenger cars per year and to develop pure electric passenger cars. Construction is planned to start in 2020. Completed and put into production in the year. The project covers an area of about 930 acres, with an additional building area of about 274,657 square meters, and purchases about 460 sets of production and testing equipment.

Among them, the construction of the fuel passenger vehicle manufacturing part of the Zhangjiagang Plant in Jiangsu includes facilities such as a stamping workshop, a welding workshop, a painting workshop, an assembly workshop, and a test runway to produce and manufacture full export fuel passenger vehicles. The construction of the R&D and trial production of pure electric passenger cars includes research and development rooms such as technology buildings, and research and development of safe, environmentally friendly and intelligent new-generation electric vehicles.

The GWM Rizhao plant in Shandong started construction in January 2019. The plant is designed to produce 300,000 units per year. The planned land area of the project is about 2,000 acres, including the entire process chain production line of stamping, welding, painting, and final assembly. The Rizhao plant will be completed and put into production at the end of 2021. By then, all models of the GWM high-end luxury brand "WEY" will be put into production here, and at the same time, more than 10,000 jobs will be directly driven for Rizhao.

In parallel with the plant, there is also a research and development center, which is mainly responsible for the product development of GWM mid-to-high-end brands. It integrates design research and development, test and trial production, quality control, collaborative development, and technology pre-research. It mainly involves the modeling center and artificial intelligence laboratory, new energy fuel cell R&D center, powertrain laboratory and other fields.

The GWM Pinghu plant in Zhejiang started in October 2019. The total investment of the project is about 11 billion yuan, covering a total area of about 1,200 acres. The planned annual production capacity is 100,000 vehicles. Among them, the plant is about 600 acres, including four major workshops for stamping, welding, painting, and final assembly; the R&D center and runway covers an area of about 600 acres, of which the planned area of the R&D center is about 250,000 square meters, and the product R&D center will be included after completion, Test center, test track and product display.

After the completion of the Pinghu plant, it will mainly produce Haval brand and new energy series products under GWM. It is reported that Pinghu plant is an important R&D and plant of GWM's layout in the Yangtze River Delta region, and also an important support for GWM's globalization strategy.

The Taizhou vehicle plant is the eighth GWM vehicle plant in China. It is located in Gaogang District, Taizhou City, with a total investment of 8 billion yuan and an area of about 1,173 acres. After the Taizhou vehicle plant is put into operation, it will mainly produce products of the new platform of the Haval brand and new energy vehicles. It is planned that the entire vehicle production line will be offline in December 2020. It is reported that after the GWM Taizhou vehicle project is put into production, it will become an important strategic layout for GWM to connect the North and South, and will be the core of GWM's future development of the East China market.

Summary: Before 2019, GWM only had three vehicle plants in Baoding, Xushui and Tianjin. Since 2019, GWM has continuously planned and built 8 vehicle plants. So far, the company has a total of 11 vehicle plants, including 3 overseas bases.

Behind the continuous capacity expansion is the continuous growth of GWM sales. In 2019, the company's sales reached 1.06 million vehicles, of which the export business increased by 38.7%. After reading this set of data, it is not difficult to understand why GWM is so "rushed" to set up overseas plants. In addition, the rising demand for the domestic new energy market has also prompted GWM to actively look ahead. We have reasons to believe that GWM, which has cultivated the market for many years, will definitely find new breakthroughs in the "stock market".

Editor:Hou Minghao