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Wei Jianjun, Chairman of Great Wall
 
Great Wall to open Russian plant
Automotive News China | 2019/5/7

Great Wall Motor Co., China¡¯s largest light-truck manufacturer, will launch production at a Russian plant this month, company Chairman Wei Jianjun said. 

Wei disclosed the information at an international investment forum last month in Beijing. 

The factory, in the Tula Oblast region of central Russia, is Great Wall¡¯s first major assembly plant outside China. 

The factory, with capacity to build up to 150,000 vehicles a year, will initially produce the Haval-badged F7 crossover and its sport variant, the F7X.  

The plant will employ around 4,000 people in the future, up from more than 700 now, Wei said at the forum. 

Russia has been a major overseas market for Great Wall. To date, it has exported some 120,000 vehicles to the country, according to Wei. 

Great Wall also assembles vehicles in Malaysia, Ecuador, Tunisia and Bulgaria with kits imported from China. 

In the first quarter, the company delivered 283,842 crossovers, SUVs, pickups and sedans, an increase of 11 percent from the same period last year. The company¡¯s first-quarter exports advanced 20 percent to 12,615. 

Great Wall, based in Baoding in north China¡¯s Hebei province, is the largest crossover maker as well as the largest pickup manufacturer in China. 

The company signed an agreement in July with BMW Group to establish a 5.1 billion-yuan ($758 million) joint venture to produce electric vehicles in the east China city of Zhangjiagang. 

The partnership, slated to start production in 2021, will assemble EVs for BMW¡¯s Mini brand as well as Great Wall¡¯s proprietary marques.

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