Webasto Opens New Plant in Baoding

Strategic investment in the expansion of production network in China

Stockdorf/Munich, May 5, 2017 – The official inauguration of its plant in Baoding (Hebei province) on May 5, 2017 marks yet another expansion of the Webasto production network for roof systems in China. With this strategic step, Webasto increases its production capacity in the company’s largest single market, with the aim of satisfying the continuing increase in demand for sunroofs and panorama roofs even more efficiently. To fulfill this objective, the market leader for roof systems invested around 8 million euros in the new location over the time period of 2016 until now. The plant covers an area of more than 20,000 square meters in total.

Fitment rate of Chinese OEMs will surpass the 50 percent mark
“We anticipate that the high share of vehicles with a roof system that are produced in China will increase yet again over the next few years. The demand for large-scale panorama roofs in particular will continue to increase,” says Dr. Holger Engelmann, Chairman of the Management Board, Webasto SE. “The national Chinese manufacturers will play an essential part in this, since roof systems are becoming a must-have in this segment as well,” Engelmann continues. The supplier anticipates that in the coming years, the fitment rate of the national OEMs will also exceed the 50 percent mark. This affirms the Webasto strategy of an early focus on building close relationships with national Chinese manufacturers, in addition to working with international manufacturers and their joint ventures.

Webasto supplies the roof systems produced in Baoding primarily to Great Wall Motors, whose headquarters are located in the immediate vicinity of the plant. Other customers include Changan Motors, FOTON-Borgward as well as FAW-Volkswagen. “Opening this new plant emphasizes our confidence in the Chinese market, and at the same time it constitutes another element in our consolidation of the good long-term relationships with our customers in China and their successful continuation,” was how Engelmann framed it in his address at the opening. In addition to Wei Jianjun, Chairman of the Executive Board Great Wall Motors, attendees at the inauguration ceremony included representatives of the other Baoding customers along with local government officials and the employees of the plant itself.

 

 

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Caption: Ceremonially the ribbon is cut through as part of the official opening (f.l.t.r.): Qingping Wang (Director of Purchasing Beijing FOTON Borgward), Freddy Geeraerds (Member of the Management Board Webasto), Jianjun Wei (Chairman of the Executive Board Great Wall Motors), Werner Baier (Chairman of the Supervisory Board Webasto), Holger Engelmann (Chairman of the Management Board Webasto SE), Jürgen Reimer (Member of the Management Board Webasto SE), Guoqing Zhao (Vice President Great Wall Motors), Yongcun Wang (Director of Purchasing Beijing Changan Motors)

O Webasto

Grupa Webasto jest światowym partnerem w zakresie innowacyjnych systemów dla niemal wszystkich producentów samochodów i zalicza się do 100 największych dostawców tego sektora. W głównych obszarach działalności firma opracowuje i produkuje szyberdachy, dachy panoramiczne i dachy do kabrioletów oraz systemy grzewczo -klimatyzacyjne. Ponadto, obecnie powstaje jednostka biznesowa E-Solutions & Services, która zajmuje się systemami akumulatorów i rozwiązaniami do ładowania. W roku 2016 grupa Webasto wygenerowała sprzedaż w wysokości ponad 3,2 mld EUR przy zatrudnieniu ponad 12.000 pracowników. Koncern ma obecnie ponad 50 oddziałów na całym świecie (z tego ponad 30 zakładów produkcyjnych). Siedziba firmy, utworzonej w 1901 roku, mieści się w Stockdorfie koło Monachium (Niemcy). Więcej informacji o firmie Webasto można znaleźć na stronie internetowej: www.webasto-group.com 

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