BAODING, Hebei – Great Wall Motor Co., Ltd. (GWM) concluded a strategic cooperation agreement with Webasto China here on November 30, extending their cooperation from just purchasing to technical R & D on sunroofs, according to a company news release.
Under the agreement, Webasto China will start to participate in the R&D process at the beginning of the GWM’s new products development and keep providing GWM with products and service. It will focus on providing technical support for both the Haval series and passenger car series of GWM models.
GWM started to cooperate with Webasto China in 2005 as its first Chinese customer. Webasto China has already supplied sunroof systems for GWM’s Haval H3 and Great Wall C50 models. Later the two will work on a cooperation plan by straightening out GWM’s overall product series.
Founded in 1901, Webasto that leads the Chinese auto sunroof market with 60 percent share of the market has many Chinese customers, including Beijing Benz, BMW Brilliance, Shanghai GM, Shanghai Volkswagen, FAW-Volkswagen, Chang’an Ford, and Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen.