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Great Wall Tianjin plant starts operation

TIANJIN – Great Wall Motor, one of China’s largest pickup and SUV makers, starts operation of the first phase of its Tianjin plant on August 25, with Haval H6 SUV, the plant’s first model, hit the market on the same day, according to a company press release.

Covered a land area of 3.57 square kilometers, the new plant will manufacture whole vehicles and CKD/KD parts and serve as an auto parts industrial park and export base of Great Wall. The second phase is expected to be completed in 2012 and the third phase 2015. As planned, three high-end SUVs and five sedans will roll off the production line by 2012.

The Tianjin plant will have an overall production capacity of 400,000 vehicles with half of the productivity released this time. After the Haval H6, the Voleex C50 sedan will be the next car to roll off the production line this September.

Worldwide, Great Wall now owns KD plants in 12 countries, including Russia, Iran, Egypt, Senegal, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Sudan Ukraine, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.

The company’s KD plant in Bulgaria will be put into operation in November this year. Its KD plants in Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador are also under exploration. Great Wall plans to set up 24 overseas KD plants with designed productivity of 500,000 vehicles.

In the first seven months of the year, Great Wall exported 39,400 vehicles, up 20.1 percent from the save period of last year. By 2015, the Baoding-based automaker intends to produce and sell 1.5 million and 1.3 million vehicles respectively, said the company.

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