2010 Global Automotive Symposium - April 22-23, 2010
Great Wall Motor Chairman Wei Jianjun confirms to speak at GAS 2010
Jan 18, 2010
BEIJING – Wei Jianjun, chairman of Great Wall Motor Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer and exporter of SUVs, pickups and small cars, has confirmed his participation as a speaker at CBU/CAR’s inaugural 2010 Global Automotive Symposium (GAS 2010) to be held in April in Beijing.
GAS 2010, with a theme of China and World Automobile Market in the Next Decade: Innovation, Green Vehicles and Global Competition, will be held on April 22-23 at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang right before Auto China 2010 (April 23-May 2), the year’s largest auto show in China.
Great Wall, a Hong-Kong listed company based in Baoding, Hebei Province, about 2 hours southwest of capital Beijing, has been the leading pickup and SUV manufacturer in China for over 10 years running. Last year, it sold some 220,000 cars, SUVs and pickups in China and remained the country’s largest vehicle exporter both in terms of volume and value. It also became the first Chinese automaker to receive Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) from UK-based VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency) for several of its vehicles last September, paving way for it to access the European Union market. The company has set an ambitious sales target of 380,000 vehicles in 2010.
Wei has been leading Great Wall since 1990 when he took over what used to be a small vehicle remanufacturing factory. He was instrumental in making the company the first private automaker to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange 7 years ago.
Preparations for GAS 2010 are now under full-swing. CBU/CAR is in the process of inviting key automotive executives from leading foreign and Chinese automakers and suppliers, including global automotive CEOs, to become distinguished speakers. For updates on invited and confirmed speakers, please visit http://www.chinaautoreview.com/conference/Speakers.aspx?id=34.
GAS 2010 was conceived based on the fact that 2010 will be a milestone for China’s automobile industry. It will be the beginning of the second decade of the new century and follows upon 2009, a year in which China became the world’s largest manufacturing country of new light vehicles. 2010 will also usher in a true consumer rather than institutional automobile market in China as well as a new decade of intensified global competition and unprecedented domestic consolidation.
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