Saab’s to be made in Tianjin City
Published July 25, 2011
Industry News | FrankFJuly 25, 20117:46 pm
Saab maybe shuttered for July and possibly August, but that has not stopped plans moving ahead for the production of Saabs in the Chinese market, thanks to a life saving investment from Chinese partners Youngman and Pangda, the trio are planning to pin Saabs survival on the red hot Chinese market. The Swedish-Chinese love triangle is working hard to find a suitable area for the new factory and a final decision should be made closer to August according to media reports, various reports are indicating that Tianjin is likely to be home to Saab in China.
Tianjin is located close to the political powerhouse of Beijing and is also a major automotive import hub with many key suppliers located close by. Tianjin is also home to Great Wall who recently set up a factory in the city.
Saab recently sent a team of engineers to visit Youngmans production facilities in China, the engineers found that Youngmans current production lines could be altered to produce Saab vehicles with a minimal amount of fuss. The new factory is expected to have a capacity of around 150,000 vehicles per year when it is finally brought online. Chinese production maybe two years away at the earliest owing to building the factory and gaining governmental support, in the meantime Saab may have to rely on imported car models in the Chinese market.
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- dragin says:July 26, 2011 at 12:24 am
Youngman already has so many sites from Guizhou to Shangdong, that it seems odd to choose a site so far from home.
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