February 4, 2013 by Joey Wang
The new Geely-controlled Volvo factory in China will start production in the second half of this year, the factory is located in Chengdu in Sichuan Province. The first car to be produced in the new factory is a stretched variant of the Volvo S60, the second car is the Volvo XC60 SUV. Production or the Volvo S80L at the Chang’an-Volvo joint venture will continue for at least another two years.
April 9, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
According to Dutch newspaper DeTelegraaf Chinese automaker Landwind is considering production in the NedCar factory in The Netherlands. NerCar used to make Volvo’s, the Smart FourFour and today it makes Mitsubishi’s. But the Japanese want to move production of the Colt and Outlander elsewhere, leaving NedCar without a car. Landwind and NedCar are negotiating future production of the CV9 MPV which will hit the Dutch market this month as an import.
April 7, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter
BYD Co, backed by US billionaire Warren Buffett, will restart construction of buildings in Xi’an city in central China, the Chinese automaker said, after it was previously fined by the government for illegal land use.
Last year, China’s Ministry of Land and Resources said it fined BYD 2.9 million yuan ($434,600) and closed several buildings on the land the company used illegally in Xi’an in China’s Shaanxi province.
October 18, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
BYD built a factory on land it didn’t legally own. This happens a lot in China and usually the land-ownership can be settled easily after construction on that land has started or even later when a factory is ready. In BYD’s case however autorities decided to uphold to the letter of the law.
This can have several reasons: BYD did something that annoyed the government, or the government uses BYD as an example in a campaign to enforce existing laws more strictly, this kind of campains comes and goes but never makes much difference… See below for the very short press release from the Chinese government, via GlobalTimes:
“China’s Ministry of Land and Resources said Wednesday it will fine BYD Co 2.9 million yuan ($434,600) and close several buildings on land the company used illegally in Shaanxi Province.
BYD started construction on the land from December 2009 and has built roads and seven buildings there, including plants and an employee dormitory.”
June 10, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
BMW-Brilliance celebrated the ground breaking ceremonie for a new factory in Shenyang in Liaoning province. Total investment is 5 billion yuan (560 million euros). Brilliance and BMW will share the cost equally. The factory will be ready to roll in 2012 with a capacity of 100.000 cars a year.
It will make the X1 crossover and the stretched 3-series, among others. Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the BMW-board, was quoted: “China has become the third-largest market for BMW Group worldwide.” BMW’s other factory is in Shenyang as well and makes the 3 and 5-series.
June 3, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
State media reports that all Honda’s part plants are up and running again. Production of Honda vehicles, which was halted due to lack of parts, will restart tomorrow. Monday say a scuffle in the Foshan factory between workers and trade union officers who tried to get the workers to work. According to the article the officers went back to the factory and apologized. Workers asked an extra 800 rmb per month, Honda said it was willing to pay more but not that much. Negotiations are continuing.
Article from China Daily:
GUANGZHOU – The parts plant of Japan’s second-largest automaker, Honda, in South China’s Guangdong province resumed operations Wednesday, but negotiations continued over workers’ demands for higher pay.
Workers of Nanhai Honda Auto Parts Manufacturing Company, in Foshan city, entered the plant Wednesday morning to work, said a worker surnamed Li.
May 28, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
China Daily reports that workers are on a strike in all four of Honda’s assembly plants in China. Workers want more cash. Instead of talking money Honda came up with an an agressive plan to make much more cars which would likely mean, so feared the workers, that they had to work even harder for their rmb. That did it and all workers went on strike. China Daily talks:
“GUANGZHOU – Honda’s four auto assembly plants in China have ground to a halt after workers at the company’s parts maker went on strike demanding better wages.
The strike, the largest industrial action ever reported in China, was continuing on Thursday after negotiations broke down between the management of Honda’s supplier factory in China and its 1,900 workers, according to an executive in Honda Auto Parts Manufacturing Co in Fo- shan, Guangdong province.
May 8, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
Today men lay the first stone for a new factory for Dongfeng Nissan. The factory will be in business in 2012 with a capacity of 240.000 cars a year. Total investment is 500 million dollar, to be paid bu both partners in the joint venture.